EU Ambassador Agrees To Extend Sanctions Against China, Bilateral Investment Agreement Almost Out of Reach

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Kevin wang  Translator: Ranting

On November 24, ambassadors of EU member states agreed to extend sanctions against four Chinese Communist Party officials and one Communist China entity. The decision, which is expected to be formally adopted next month, also makes it difficult for the China-EU investment agreement reached between the CCP and the EU last December to be adopted again.

According to the Voice of America, the extension decision was adopted “without discussion” by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of EU member states (Coreper), which is composed of ambassadors of EU member states.

The four CCP officials whose sanctions have been extended are Hailun Zhu, former Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of Xinjiang; Junzheng Wang, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Secretary of the Party Committee of the Construction Corps; Mingshan Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Party Committee of the Autonomous Region; and Mingguo Chen, Director of the Public Security Bureau of the Autonomous Region. The sanctioned entity is the Public Security Bureau of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. Sanctions include freezing assets and imposing a travel ban.

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The four CCP officials and a CCP entity were added to the EU sanctions list in March for their involvement in human rights abuses in Xinjiang. There is growing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party has engaged in years of widespread ethnic persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, which is widely considered by the international community to be an act of “genocide”.

The Chinese Communist Party has subsequently taken countermeasures against the EU as well. CCP envoy to the EU Ming Zhang said last week that if the EU does not lift sanctions, the CCP is unlikely to ratify the China-EU investment agreement to be signed in December 2020.

The investment agreement, which took seven years to reach, apparently did not influence the decision of the EU ambassadors, and the Chinese Communist Party’s countermeasures led to the adoption of the sanctions decision “without discussion”.

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