The European Parliament has vowed to intensify its efforts to boost China’s access to trade agreement with China, calling it “fifth”, indicating tensions between the bloc and Beijing.
MEPs voted in favor of a majority on Thursday to block the implementation of the treaty in response to Beijing’s offer to European parliament, ambassadors, students and thought tanks. Fourth opinion was given by 599 votes cast, 30 against 58 unanimous votes cast.
Even if you do not have a legal team, the votes show a barrier to achieving the agreement, which needs to be approved by the EU parliament. It also marks a turning point in major EU topics in opposition to the agreement, which was ratified on political issues in December.
Beijing lifted the sanctions in response to EU sanctions and economic sanctions imposed by four Chinese officials and the Security Council on the persecution and detention of Uyghur Muslims. China’s experiments are aimed at sharply opposing its policies, as well as EU institutions such as the Political and Security Committee of the bloc made up of ambassadors from 27 countries.
Reinhard Bütikofer, a German Green MEP leader who heads the EU delegation to China and was one of the defendants, said parliament “could not move”. He also said Beijing’s efforts to block China’s international talks were “as stupid as rude, and failed”.
“With its sanctions, China has disrupted it,” he said. “They have to learn from their mistakes and think again.”
Pedro Marques, a MEP from Portugal and China, said China was guilty of “violating European democracy”, declaring: “We will not tolerate it.”
The economic bloc represents the growing EU crisis over China’s policies as the US seeks to forge an international alliance to deal with Beijing in areas such as trade and security. The European bloc is developing its own weapons arsenal, including ideas to ban government-backed foreign-owned enterprises in a single EU market.
Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch trade minister, said his country had “made a significant contribution” to supporting the EU parliamentary position on investment.
He also mentioned China’s “political” growth, including the addition of a Dutch MP from his D66 party to the sanctions list.
Kaag also called for co-operation between EU agencies to establish a framework for mutual understanding in China.
“It’s an example of a very complex relationship where we need to find ways to move forward,” he said Thursday. “We can’t just make our own small tables and stick boxes that don’t connect the dots.”
The agreement has already been sought by the EU and could open up opportunities for EU companies operating in the Chinese market, as they try to address long-standing allegations of fraud.
Companies on paper – who can enjoy integrated operations include the automotive sector, personal care, computers and other aviation services.
A political agreement was reached in the last days of Germany’s rotating president of the EU in December, with the help of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Armin Laschet, who was elected right-wing member of Germany’s chancellor in the September elections, said on Wednesday that the agreement would not be ratified until the sanctions were lifted. “If you want to stay [our] My friend, you have to show respect, ”he said. “Then I want to know how the Chinese side is doing.”
Beijing’s mission to the EU stated: “China’s idea of taking action against the legitimate solution to the EU’s war and war. China has always been sincere in promoting cooperation with the EU. We hope that the EU side will work with us in the same way.”