Breaking: China accuses EU of ‘hypocrisy’ amid escalating row with West
China has accused the European Union (EU) of “hypocrisy and bullying,” as tensions hit another high between Beijing and the West over new sanctions that have prompted Chinese retaliation.
Both ambassadors of China and the EU have been summoned in a deepening row that erupted after the West imposed sanctions on China over allegations of human rights violations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday that Brussels “only allows itself to arbitrarily smear and attack others, and even arbitrarily imposes sanctions based on false information and lies”
The EU, she said, “does not allow the Chinese to talk back or fight back.”
“This in itself is double standards, a manifestation of bullying and hypocrisy.”
France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and certain other EU countries summoned China’s ambassadors on Tuesday to protest retaliatory sanctions Beijing slapped on their nationals and entities for spreading disinformation about China.
On Monday, the EU, Britain, and Canada blacklisted four former and current officials in Xinjiang. The ban was fuel for a diplomatic spat.
The United States also extended formerly imposed sanctions on those officials.
In response, China summoned the EU and British ambassadors to file solemn representations.
Hua said the sanctions were based on nothing but lies and false information disguised as human rights concerns.
Beijing dismisses Western allegations of human rights violations. It believes Washington and its allies make the false accusations for political purposes.