On March 22, the European Union imposed unilateral sanctions on relevant individuals and entities in China based on lies and false information under the pretext of the so-called human rights issue in Xinjiang. The European side ignored facts, turned black and white, grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, flagrantly violated international law and the basic norms of international relations, and seriously damaged China-EU relations. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns this.
The Chinese government is unwavering in its determination to defend national sovereignty, security, and development interests. China has decided to impose sanctions on 10 persons and 4 entities that have seriously harmed China’s sovereignty and interests and maliciously spread lies and false information on the European side, including:
Member of the European Parliament Petty Koffel, Geller, Gluxman, Kuchuk, Lexman
Scherzma, Member of the Dutch Parliament
Member of the Belgian Parliament
Sakaliene, Member of the Lithuanian Parliament
Political and Security Committee of the Council of the European Union
Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament
German Mercator Center for Chinese Studies
Danish Democratic League Foundation
Relevant personnel and their family members are prohibited from entering the mainland of China and the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions. They and their affiliated companies and institutions have also been restricted from communicating with China.
China urges the European side to realize the seriousness of the mistakes, self-examine, correct mistakes, stop pretending to be a “human rights teacher”, stop playing with hypocritical double standards, stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, and stop on the wrong path Go further. Otherwise, China will make a further firm response.Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website