EU imposes sanctions against China

The EU long reacted to the repression of the Uyghurs in China merely by making appeals. That is now over. For the first time in more than 30 years, sanctions have been imposed again.

EU verhängt Sanktionen gegen China
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Brussels (dpa) - For the first time in more than 30 years, the EU has imposed sanctions against China for human rights violations. The foreign ministers of the 27 member states decided on Monday in Brussels to impose punitive measures against those responsible for the repression of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region. This was reported to the German Press Agency by EU sources.

The sanctions provide for the freezing of all assets of the natural or legal persons concerned. In addition, no more money or economic resources may be made available to them. They are now also banned from entering the EU. The names of those affected are to be published shortly in the Official Journal of the EU.

China’s reaction to the decision is eagerly awaited. The Chinese EU ambassador Zhang Ming had recently sharply criticised the EU plans. "Sanctions are confrontational," he said, saying that his country wants dialogue but will not back down if others insist on confrontation. The EU last imposed sanctions against China for human rights violations after the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989.

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