FORMER governor of Hong Kong Lord Patten has called on the EU to scrap a controversial trade deal with China
His call comes after 53 arrests in a purge on democracy activists in HK.
The ex-Tory party chairman warned Brussels: “It is worth remembering, for all European politicians wherever they come from, that the Jewish community around the world has been outspoken about Xinjiang.
“It has drawn attention to the similarities between what is happening in that region today and the Holocaust in the 1940s.
“If this deal goes ahead it will make a mockery of Europe’s ambitions to be taken seriously as a global political and economic player.”
He added: “It spits in the face of human rights and shows a delusional view of the Chinese Communist Party’s trustworthiness on the international stage.
“It is surely inconceivable that the European parliament can support the miserable draft deal that the European Commission wants to sign with Beijing.
The deal will make a mockery of Europe’s ambitions to be taken seriously as a global player.
“It is a massive strategic blunder at a time when Joe Biden will be seeking to put together an international partnership of liberal democracies to deal with the bullying loutish behaviour and assault on our international rules by Chinese Communists.
The Sun says
THE EU’s cosying-up to China’s dangerous and repugnant regime is now turning the stomachs even of ardent europhiles.
Brexit-hating Tory Lord Patten rightly wants Brussels to scrap its “miserable” new investment deal with Beijing after new arrests of democrats in Hong Kong.
And let’s not overlook China’s genocide of Uighur Muslims — and its blocking of the World Health Organisation probe into exactly how the totalitarian state unleashed Covid on the planet.
Patten says Brussels’ deal “spits in the face of human rights”. Well said.
The silence from other “liberal” EU fans is telling.
“We should not be seeking to contain China but to constrain the Chinese Communist Party.”
Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the UK foreign affairs select committee, also challenged the EU.
He said: “The EU’s China deal undermines freedom and democracy.”
GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL email@example.com