This year marks the 70th anniversary of China’s diplomatic relations with many countries, including Sweden. However, unlike previous years, the two sides did not exchange greetings.
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Not long after the Communist Party took power in China and founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949, they eagerly accepted the recognition of the international community. Sweden became the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with the Chinese regime on May 9, 1950.
The first Chinese ambassador to Sweden was Mr. Geng Tieu (Geng Biao). Mr. Canh then in the 1970s held the position of Secretary of the Central Military Commission and selected the young cadre Xi Jinping as his assistant.
However, the relationship between China and Sweden has been in a steep decline in recent years.
In particular, the case of Swedish citizen Que Man Hai (Gui Minhai) caused a backlash. Mr. Que is one of the shareholders of Dong La Bay Bookshop in Hong Kong. This bookstore has published many books exposing the scandals of China’s ruling elite.
Mr. Que was secretly kidnapped at his motel in Thailand and transferred to mainland China for trial in 2015 on charges of being involved in a traffic accident. Three years later, Mr. Que was arrested again and charged with “provide intelligence“For foreign countries. In February of this year, Mr. Gu was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Chinese authorities.
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In 2019, PEN Sweden – a literary organization, awarded the annual Tucholsky Prize to Mr. Que Man Hai. The Swedish award to honor writers living in threatened or exiled scene to Mr. Que has caused the Chinese Embassy in Sweden to object strongly.
Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou (Gui Congyou) in an interview on Swedish public radio at the time said: “We treat our friends with fine wine, but to the enemies we have pistols“. Mr. Que Tong Huu also emphasized that China “will definitely take countermeasures“If Mrs. Amanda Lind – Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy comes to attend the award ceremony of the literary organization.
Ironically, Sweden became the first European country to close all Confucius Institutes and Confucius classes in April 2020. Confucius Institutes are run by an agency of the Chinese regime based in Beijing. These institutions are labeled as educational and cultural programs, but increasingly attract close scrutiny globally because of their role in spreading Beijing’s propaganda and political agenda. the suppression of free speech on the school campus.
Sweden is not the only country where diplomatic relations with China are already cold.
On January 27, 2020, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoon pictures of the Chinese flag, replacing the yellow stars with corona virus-like images.
The Chinese Ambassador to Denmark responded by asking the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to apologize. A day later, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen reminded China: “In Denmark we have freedom of expression, including the right to draw“.
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As Ngoc translated