According to reports, the European Union has suspended the “Comprehensive Investment Agreement” agreed with the Chinese communist regime after a series of disagreements and political crosses between authorities of European countries and high officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), mainly due to controversial issues such as human rights and sanctions applied to Chinese and European officials.
In December 2020, the European Commission celebrated the signing of an in-principle EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which would have paved the way for the transaction of some 120 billion euros in trade. However, the preliminary agreement required ratification by the European Parliament and EU member state governments a few months later. It is this ratification that would be suspended.
EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told AFP news agency on Tuesday that the Commission has abandoned attempts to ratify the agreement.
“We now in a sense have suspended… political outreach activities from the European Commission side,” Valdis Dombrovskis said in an interview.
He went on to say, “It’s clear in the current situation with the EU sanctions in place against China and Chinese counter sanctions in place, including against members of European Parliament (that) the environment is not conducive for ratification of the agreement,”
Dombrovskis did not deny the future possibility of a renewal. Still, with this delicate scenario, ratification will depend only on how political relations between the parties evolve over the coming weeks or months.
In March, a collective effort by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union succeeded in imposing a series of sanctions against CCP officials and the Public Security Bureau of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps for their role in the alleged genocide being carried out against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
This aroused the ire of the Chinese communist regime, which retaliated with sanctions against parliamentarians and lawyers in the UK and the EU. However, the UK Parliament went a step further and voted in April to declare that the persecution of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang is genocide.
German MEP and vice-chair of the human rights subcommittee, Hannah Neumann, told the South China Morning Post that the deal is likely to remain “in the freezer… as long as China maintains its sanctions against elected members of parliament and the human rights committee.”
One of Britain’s leading campaigners in the effort to declare a genocide in Xinjiang, Benedict Rogers of Hong Kong Watch, told Breitbart, “This decision by the EU [to suspend progress on the deal] is extremely welcome and exactly right, although it is important to bear in mind that it is only a suspension.”
As early as December, with the imminent signing of the sweeping EU-China trade deal, officials and lawmakers in France and the United Kingdom raised complaints against the Chinese Communist regime over the use of forced labor, an inhumane practice in which Chinese authorities use prisoners of conscience to supply the mass production of goods for export.
Human rights activists in China have long been documenting, denouncing, and campaigning to raise awareness of the Chinese regime’s inhumane abuses among the leaders of the free world.
The documentation certifies that Beijing maintains forced labor camps where prisoners of conscience are used to produce massive quantities of goods for export.
Similar to what was denounced against the Uighurs, in 1999, the CCP launched its genocidal campaign due to its growing popularity against practitioners of Falun Dafa, a spiritual discipline of the Buddha School, which at the time had some 100 million adherents.
According to the website Minghui.org, which is dedicated to documenting the persecution of Falun Dafa, more than 4,500 practitioners have died in police custody, but due to heavy censorship and the difficulty in getting information out of China, the number is estimated to be exponentially higher.