President von der Leyen has denied a new cold war with China
It comes as China specialist Brian Kennedy said Xi Jinping wants to "reorganise the world" and suggests the West is seeing "the early years" of a third World War.
He said: "I think Communist China's been exploiting their personal relationship with Joe Biden. I mean, if you believe Communist China is a threat, what would you do? You take steps to rebuild the American military."
President von der Leyen insisted the answer had to be de-risking from the eastern superpower, adding it is "A China that is more and more repressive domestically and assertive abroad."
She said: "Not decouple because it would not be in our interests. And I think it is not viable. But de-risk very clearly."
China specialist Brian Kennedy said Xi Jinping wants to "reorganise the world"
She also gave a clear-cut assessment of Beijing’s increasingly authoritarian rule
"On the one hand, we see a China domestically that is challenged, an ageing society, demography, a severe housing crisis.
"Slowing down growth. Unexpected unemployment because the young generation leaving university does not find adequate jobs in the private sector anymore.