The deliberations by European Union foreign ministers regarding China’s increasing grip on Hong Kong planned for Monday were removed from the agenda due to the blockade imposed on one of the member states. Insiders confirm this. According to the news agency Reuters Relates to Hungary.
Ministers will still meet online on Monday, but no longer meet around China. And according to those concerned, the vast majority, including the Netherlands, would have liked to do so. The topic was postponed for another month. Hungary and Greece previously blocked statements about China. The Chinese are investing heavily in both member countries.
The European Union is concerned about an increasing number of Beijing measures restricting democracy in Hong Kong and threatening human rights. On Friday, Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai Chi-ying and nine other pro-democracy activists were sentenced to prison terms for organizing and attending anti-government protests in 2019 and 2020.
Mass demonstrations in Hong Kong initially erupted over a bill allowing extradition to China, but they have increasingly become a widespread expression of dissatisfaction with the decline of democracy. Last year, China passed a strict security law in Hong Kong.
The European Union did impose punitive measures against China last month
Last month, the European Union imposed punitive measures against China for violating the human rights of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. Beijing responded immediately with sanctions against Europe. Two Dutch people, MP Shorard Shorardsma and European Union Ambassador in Brussels Delphine Pronk, have also been placed on the Chinese sanctions list. They are not permitted to travel to China or do business with the country.
Outgoing Minister Steve Block (Foreign Affairs) summoned the Chinese Ambassador for this. He said at the time that the Netherlands “will join hands with other European Union countries in our additional response”.