Statement on the latest developments in EU-China relations

On Monday 22 March 2021, the Council of the European Union published a list of people and entities sanctioned by the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, a list that includes four officials from the Chinese Communist Party as well as a Chinese entity involved with the management of the detention centers in Xinjiang. In response, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the imposition of sanctions on several European individuals and institutions. As an organisation that holds at its core “mutual understanding, trust and cooperation” between Europe and China, we express our concerns about the current state of affairs.

When we started this journey called “European Guanxi”, we were aware of the inherent and additional challenges that anyone interested in the EU-China space had to face. The latest developments only strengthen our conviction of promoting an open exchange of people and ideas, especially during difficult times when it is most needed.

We are committed to the continued fostering of understanding between both entities together with fellow Europeans and our Chinese counterparts through ongoing discussions.

Global Management Team

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