European Union leaders are said to have blocked attempts from the United States, Britain and Canada to more strongly condemn the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for using slave labor in Xinjiang, Breitbart News reports. believe.
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EU leaders say the West should focus on areas of “cooperation” with China rather than adversarial factors.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and European Union leaders Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel protested the attempt to publicly condemn the Beijing regime for forced labor in Xinjiang, The Times reported.
The summary of the G7 communique makes no mention of China, Xinjiang or Hong Kong at all, and the 25-page report on the summit’s agreements allegedly mentions the abolition of slavery. in Xinjiang despite US push to take stronger action.
The final version of the G7 communique read: “We are concerned about the use of all forms of forced labor in global supply chains, including state-sponsored forced labor for vulnerable groups and minorities, including in the agriculture, solar and apparel sectors.”
A US administration official told the newspaper that reaching an agreement on China has become “one of the more complex and thorny issues” at the Summit.
The 90-minute foreign policy meeting consisted almost entirely of discussions on China. In it, the US, UK, Canada, Japan and France seek a tougher line towards China, while Europe tries to take a softer approach.
The unnamed official said yes “a little bit of a difference of opinion, not about whether the threat is there or not but about how strong the G7 members are willing to take.”
The G7 leaders agreed to mention Xinjiang and Hong Kong once in a 25-page report, which said: “We will promote our values, including by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights; along with the freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. “
For his part, President Joe Biden said he was “satisfied” with the wording about China, and said “The last time the G7 met, it didn’t mention China, but this time it mentioned China.”
“We are in a contest, not with China, but with autocratic governments around the world, about whether democracies can compete with them in the 21st century. is changing rapidly or not”.
On Monday, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom stated: “Stop slandering China, stop meddling in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming China’s interests.”
An article in the CCP’s mouthpiece, the Global Times, described efforts to condemn slavery and other human rights abuses as a “US conspiracy”.
“Time will erase the American plan. If China is stable on its own, there is no need to push or push it up, because the US will stumble on its own.” state newspaper.
The European Union has long sought deeper ties with the communist regime in Beijing. In principle, late last year the bloc agreed on a major trade deal with China.
However, the deal was eventually withdrawn after a series of tit-for-tat sanctions from the EU and China.
The deal has been criticized by critics as failing to demand the Chinese government abolish modern slavery in places like the concentration camps in Xinjiang, as a precondition for signing. .
The agreement was initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, Germany’s economic dependence on China has grown to the point where the communist country became Germany’s top trading partner in 2018.
Two leading German companies, Volkswagen and BMW, are accused of profiting from the use of slave labor in the Xinjiang region.
Milky Way (according to Breitbart)