Germany quotes China’s ambassador to the Federal Foreign Office for a discussion

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The dispute over EU sanctions is coming to a head: Germany quotes China’s ambassador for an interview with the Foreign Office

After EU sanctions were imposed on China, tensions between the two sides escalated. Counter-sanctions from Beijing are causing outrage and a clear reaction in Berlin.

Germany has cited the Chinese ambassador in Berlin to the Foreign Office because of the sanctions imposed by China against German politicians and scientists.

They insisted on a conversation because they wanted to make it very clear “that the sanctioning of MPs and scientists is absolutely incomprehensible to us,” said Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels.

For human rights violations: EU imposed sanctions on China

For the first time in more than three decades, the EU imposed sanctions on China for violations of human rights on Monday. They target those responsible for the persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of northwest China. In response, the government in Beijing immediately announced counter-sanctions against European politicians, experts and institutions.

In Germany they concern the Green MEP and China expert Reinhard B├╝tikofer, the CDU MEP Michael Gahler as well as the Uyghur researcher Adrian Zenz and the renowned Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics).

China: EU does not qualify to act as a human rights activist

Because of the EU sanctions against Chinese people responsible for the suppression of the Uyghurs, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing summoned the head of the EU delegation. As the ministry announced on Tuesday, Nicolas Chapuis had been sent the Chinese protest the day before. During the conversation, Deputy Foreign Minister Qin Gang pointed out that the punitive measures were based on “lies and false information.”

The sanctions are contrary to reality and common sense, Qin Gang was quoted as saying. The European Union is not qualified to act as a human rights teacher. China is urging the EU to recognize the seriousness of this mistake, correct it and end the confrontation “in order not to harm Sino-European relations any more,” it said.

Foreign Minister Maas opposes this

Maas replied on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels: “While we sanction human rights violations, Beijing sanctions democracy and its institutions and we cannot accept that like that.”

The EU sanctions stipulate that all assets of the natural or legal persons concerned are frozen. In addition, no more money or economic resources may be made available to them. They are now also banned from entering the EU.

According to the current EU Official Journal, the four Chinese affected include the director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, Chen Mingguo, and representatives of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Party Committee. In addition, the Public Security Bureau was added to the EU sanctions list as an institution.

In the opinion of the EU, all those affected are responsible for the mass, arbitrary internment and degrading treatment of Uyghurs and members of other Muslim ethnic minorities as well as systematic violations of the freedom of religion and belief of these people. The human rights violations were carried out in the course of a “large-scale surveillance, internment and indoctrination program” against Muslim ethnic minorities, according to the EU Official Journal.

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