BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) – China is reluctant to see the current difficulties in China-European Union (EU) relations caused by unjustified EU sanctions and the responsibility does not lie with China, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. that it is hoped that the EU side will make serious reflections.
President Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a press conference in response to a question on the European Parliament’s resolution calling on China to lift sanctions against European lawmakers before the China-Europe investment agreement can proceed.
Despite China’s solemn position and strong opposition, the EU ignored the facts, twisted right and wrong and stubbornly made the wrong decision on unilateral sanctions based on lies and misinformation, Zhao said, adding what the EU has done is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs. , brutally violates international law and the fundamental norms of international relations and seriously undermines China and EU relations.
“China’s decision to sanction relevant EU entities and individuals who maliciously spread Xinjiang – related lies and misinformation and seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and interests is in need of protecting its own interests. This is a necessary and legitimate response to EU action to: to impose sanctions and seek confrontation, the spokesman added.
China has the sincerity to promote China and EU relations, but will constantly protect national sovereignty, security and development interests, Zhao said, adding that sanctions and confrontation will not help solve problems, and are not how comprehensive strategic partners should be treated each other. “Dialogue and cooperation are the way forward.”
He said the EU side should immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, abandon confrontation measures, properly address differences through dialogue and communication, overcome the current difficulties and promote China-EU relations back to the right path of dialogue and cooperation.
Emphasizing the China-EU investment agreement is a balanced and win-win deal rather than a “gift” given from one side to the other, Zhao said China is sincere in promoting bilateral relations.
“We hope that the EU side will work in the same direction as China and make the right decisions that are in line with its own interests by relying more on rational thinking rather than on emotions,” he added.
In a brief response to a media inquiry into the matter, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said that the EU’s freezing ‘of ratification of the agreement is not in line with the common interests of both parties.