The European Union has imposed sanctions on four Chinese individuals and one company for human rights violations.
Reuters wrote on Wednesday, citing two European diplomats, the sanctions target four Chinese individuals and a Chinese company accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang province.
“Reuters writes that the sanctions, which will take effect next week, will affect last year’s investment agreement between China and the European Union.
China’s representative to the European Union stressed that the investment agreement between the two countries will not take effect until the sanctions are lifted, which are an example of interference in China’s internal affairs.
Meanwhile, Brussels last month, in a statement on a video link between EU diplomatic chief Josep Borell and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, noted, “The [EU] high representative remarked that although some differences remain, the European Union and China should maintain close interaction on some important issues.”
China’s foreign minister also said via video link that the two sides should continue to increase interaction to strengthen political mutual trust and resolve disputes.
Relations between the West and China have deteriorated in recent months over the intervening approach of the U.S. and its allies to the events in Hong Kong, as well as repeated accusations by EU officials against Beijing over human rights violations in Xinjiang province.