EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell made the comments among a group of German diplomats on Monday.
“Analysts have long talked about the end of an American-led system and the arrival of an Asian century. This is now happening in front of our eyes,” he said.
The EU’s top diplomat further indicated that the “pressure to choose sides is growing” on Brussels.
“We need a more robust strategy for China, which also requires better relations with the rest of democratic Asia,” he added.
Borrell previously pushed for a more collective discipline towards China in an article published in many European newspapers earlier this month.