Clare Daly’s Chinese Sympathies in the EU Parliament

Clare Daly is an Irish politician. She has been a Member of the European Parliament from Ireland for the Dublin constituency since July 2019. She is also a member of Independents 4 Change, part of The Left in the European Parliament.  Since becoming an MEP, Daly has accumulated international engagement for her foreign policy views, especially regarding Russia and China. Her views have been the topic of controversy and criticism in Europe but have acquired positive coverage in China and Russia.

Once, she refused to vote on a “Resolution on the situation of the Uyghurs in China” in the European Parliament. The resolution was aimed at highlighting China’s atrocities against Ughyars. Clare Daly also emphasized that ‘derisking’ from China would be fatal for European industry

Often, she praised China, “The arrogance displayed by the European Union’s leadership is deeply rooted in their antiquated colonial mindset, says Clare Daly, an Irish member of the European Parliament.” “China’s assistance and investment in Africa have likely been more beneficial than that offered by the EU or the U.S.,” she says, “China provides investment and mutually beneficial exchanges, whereas the U.S. offers military bases and wars.”

On April 27, 2023, Clare Daly met with Ambassador Fu Cong, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. They had an in-depth discussion of views on issues of joint interest such as China-EU relations, China-U.S. relations, and the Ukraine situation.

MEP Clare Daly also describes why Europe has little sense of China. Daly indicated the shift of narratives in Europe towards China. “Lacking an understanding of each other’s cultures would be a major obstacle for people from China and European countries to interact and properly understand one another. She believes that we can strengthen EU-China relations by continuing to boost the cultural exchanges between these two regions.” Her Stance portrays that she has a tilt toward China.

A report by The Irish Times in April 2022 represented Daly’s media image in China. It examined how, since January 2021, Daly had been featured in more Chinese-language news reports than any other Irish person, while she had the second most Chinese-language news articles In April 2022, Daly started defamation proceedings against RTÉ.

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