Only Chinese mass media argue that France and Germany support the unfreezing of EU-China investment agreements

Leader Xi Jinping of China July 5, held a video summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Emmanuel macron President of Germany. In a report of the event, official Chinese media claimed that both French and German leaders expressed their support for unfreezing the EU-China investment agreement as soon as possible. However, statements issued by both Germany and France do not mention such assistance.

The official media of the Chinese administration, Xinhua News Agency and CCTV, set the same official record at a summit between leaders in Germany, France and China. The report states that France’s President Emmanuel Macron has helped France ratify the EU-China investment agreement, reform the World Trade Organization (WTO), communicate with China on climate change, and in a practical way with China. He said he promised to continue promoting cooperation. Biodiversity issues. The transcript also said Chinese companies are welcome to invest in France.

China’s official media also argued that Merkel said the relationship between the EU and China was very important and mentioned many areas of consensus and cooperation. China’s writing record states that the two countries have agreed to respect each other and strengthen dialogue to reduce the gap, and Germany hopes that the EU-China investment agreement will be ratified as soon as possible. He added that he supports the resumption of the bilateral summit as soon as possible.

However, there is no mention of an investment agreement between the EU and China. statement Published by the German Chancellor’s Office regarding the summit. They just said they exchanged views on EU-China relations, international trade, climate change and biodiversity. According to Germany, the dialogue also revolved around epidemics, global vaccine supply, and the fight against international and regional issues.

A statement on the summit issued by the French presidential residence not only referred to the EU-China investment agreement, but also expressed serious concern over China’s human rights issues and strong opposition to China’s forced labor issue.

The Chinese administration’s enthusiasm to promote the frozen EU-China investment agreement is strengthening economic and regional security cooperation by U.S. and European leaders to contain the Communist Party of China following the G7 summit. I will come sometimes.

On May 20, the European Parliament ratified the EU-China investment agreement with 599 votes in favor, 30 votes against and 58 abstentions until the Beijing administration lifted the retaliatory sanctions imposed on its members in March. Overwhelmingly approved to freeze. And the entity of the European Parliament.

The Chinese Communist Party’s counter-sanctions against EU representatives and the EU Human Rights Commission came after sanctioning several Chinese Communist Party executives for human rights abuses against Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. This move has offended many EU lawmakers.

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Berlin, Germany – June 18: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announce a news statement on June 18, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Axel Schmidt-Pool / Getty Images)

The EU-China investment agreement, despite domestic opposition, promises to open more sectors of the Chinese economy to EU investment and offer benefits to European automakers manufacturing from China, by Merkel in the EU. Was supported by. Macron supported Merkel’s efforts against the opposition of several EU countries.

The agreement was signed in December after seven years of negotiations, but must be ratified by the EU Parliament to enter into force.

Merkel resigned in September and Macron wants to be reelected at the end of the year.

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