Edition: International | Greek
MENU

Home » World

Boris Johnson makes EU blush with sanctions against China

London will punish companies that profit from forced Uyghur labour. This pushes the EU even more into a corner

By: N. Peter Kramer - Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021

"In recent weeks, the EU received a lot of criticism for the investment agreement it has concluded with China. It was established under high pressure from Angela Merkel who wanted to make the agreement the icing on the cake of the German EU Presidency in the second half of last year."
"In recent weeks, the EU received a lot of criticism for the investment agreement it has concluded with China. It was established under high pressure from Angela Merkel who wanted to make the agreement the icing on the cake of the German EU Presidency in the second half of last year."

by N. Peter Kramer

London will punish companies that profit from forced Uyghur labour. This pushes the EU even more into a corner. In recent weeks, the EU received a lot of criticism for the investment agreement it has concluded with China. It was established under high pressure from Angela Merkel who wanted to make the agreement the icing on the cake of the German EU Presidency in the second half of last year. Beijing denies violation of the rights of the region’s minorities; but last month a report from the Center for Global Policy mentioned that at least half a million Uyghurs and other Muslims are forced to work under inhumane conditions in the cotton plantations of the Xinjiang region.

Although, according to Labour opposition the measures should have been even tougher, they are quite striking. The intention is for the UK government to monitor more strictly companies that do business with the region where the Uyghur Muslims. If violations are found, they will be severely punished financially. Also sanctions against individuals are possible.

The British, together with Canada and the US, have been increasing pressure on Beijing regarding human rights violations for some time. This means a real about turn since Boris Johnson has been Prime Minister. His predecessors David Cameron and Theresa May did everything they could to court President Xi. They rolled out the red carpet for the Chinese tech giant Huawei. Johnson has now put a stop to that just as in the US.

The UK position is also related to the events in Hong Kong, the former British crown colony. After China restrained freedom there, London opened the door wide to residents who wanted to leave Hong Kong to ensure they and could easily apply for British citizenship. When Beijing arrested opposition leaders in Hong Kong last week, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated, ‘it was only meant to silence the opposition’.

Sadly, it seems clear that for the EU the interests of companies and investors prevail above human rights.

READ ALSO

EU Actually

Will the Green Deal cause food shortages?

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

The green sustainability plans of the European Commission are increasingly criticised in the European Parliament, who fear that the Green Deal will cause food shortages in the EU

View 04/2020 2020 Digital edition

Magazine

Current Issue

04/2020 2020

View past issues
Subscribe
Advertise
Digital edition

Europe

UK and EU27 citizens in the UK to remain part of EP Communication programmes

UK and EU27 citizens in the UK to remain part of EP Communication programmes

The European Parliament reaffirms its will to continue to engage with young generations of UK citizens and EU27 citizens resident in the UK

Business

Manufacturing can be the engine of global recovery

Manufacturing can be the engine of global recovery

COVID-19 has given the world a sharp reminder that manufacturing and production sectors – and their enabling supply chain ecosystems – remain the most real and significant force in the global economy

MARKET INDICES

Powered by Investing.com
All contents © Copyright EMG Strategic Consulting Ltd. 1997-2021. All Rights Reserved   |   Home Page  |   Disclaimer  |   Website by Theratron