EU-China trade has increased dramatically in recent years. China is the EU’s biggest source of imports by far, and has also become one of the EU’s fastest growing export markets. The EU has also become China’s biggest source of imports. China and Europe now trade well over €1 billion a day…
From 25-28 April 2013, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of European Commission Catherine Ashton paid an official visit to China.
The EU’s first high-level meetings with the new Chinese leadership were an opportunity to strengthen and deepen the EU-China relationship.
The EU-China Strategic Partnership, which is based on the 1985 EU China trade and cooperation agreement, has grown to include foreign affairs, security matters and international challenges such as climate change and global economy governance.
The EU and China are world players. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, while China is the EU’s largest source of imports and 2:nd largest two-way trading partner. The trade and investment relationship is a major source of wealth, jobs, development and innovation for both sides.
The issues that the EU and China discuss during their regular meetings are organised around 3 ‘pillars’: political dialogue, economic and sectoral dialogue and people to people dialogue.
Human rights are discussed as part of the regular political dialogues and – since 1995 – during specific human rights dialogues.
Two rounds of the dialogue take place every year, one under each EU Presidency. It allows the EU to channel all issues of concern (such as the death penalty, re-education through labour, ethnic minorities’ rights, civil and political freedoms etc.) in a forum where China is committed to responding. The dialogue, together with pressure from other international partners, has contributed to yield some concrete results (visits to China by the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, signing of the UN Covenanton Civil and Political Rights, signing and ratification of the UN Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, release of prisoners, setting up of Commission co-operation projects etc.)
But what we should wonder is how hard EU REALLY are working to solve the human rights issues in China, since they are terrified of losing out on all the money China spends on EU? Europe is in crisis, more and more people want out and tax money are being spent on bailing countries out of their financial crisis.
So while EU loves the cheap things that pours out of China and other Asian countries, get all misty eyed when they dream of all the money China can bring, they don’t seem to active in trying to do something for all those men, women and children who suffers under communist China. Although they are VERY fast in pointing out if a EU country breach the human rights!
Take this example of a convicted rapist and paedophile that will receive damages from the British government after a European court found his human rights had been breached. Somali national Mustafa Abdi, who was sentenced to eight years in jail in 1998 for rape and indecency with a child, was unlawfully detained for two-and-a-half years as he awaited deportation, the European Courts of Human Rights said. Huffington Post Or the case where a Sudanese paedophile who was part of a group of immigrants who lured schoolgirls to a house for sex cannot be deported because he is a member of a ”persecuted tribe”, it was disclosed at the High Court yesterday.
But yet EU gives NO support for Tibetans who WILL for certain be imprisoned and probably tortured.
So while EU are power and money crazy, human rights is nothing they really are bothered with as long as they are on China’s good side. (Which side that can be…)