At a meeting of EU foreign ministers, it was decided to abandon sanctions against China related to the adoption of a controversial security law restricting Hong Kong’s autonomy, writes Handelsblatt.
According to the European MP Michael Galer, by its retaliatory measures the PRC can harm the EU much more than the EU itself can harm China, reports RT.
During the first in-person meeting of EU foreign ministers since the outbreak of the pandemic, European diplomats were not able to agree on a single line with regard to China.
According to the publication, two weeks ago, China passed a controversial security law restricting Hong Kong’s autonomy. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said Beijing’s move would have an impact on its relationship with Brussels.
However, the consequences for China so far seem extremely limited, according to Borrel, the EU will take measures to support civil society. For example, Brussels will facilitate entry for citizens from Hong Kong. At the same time, the EU decided to abandon sanctions against China.
According to the European MP Michael Galera, with its retaliatory measures, China can hit the EU much harder than the EU in China. Now, individual EU countries intend to take independent measures against the PRC. “Europe should not just watch what is happening idly by,” the publication quotes the words of Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
Recall that in June the United States imposed sanctions against China for actions against Hong Kong. At the same time, President of the United States Donald Trump signed a law on sanctions for harassing Uyghurs in China.