FEb 27, 2022
Beijing [China], February 27 (ANI): The poor human rights records of China together with
underhand tactics of Chinese businesses have led to toughening of the stance of European
countries, a media report said on Saturday.
China is getting into difficulties in its relationships with major nations of the European
Union (EU), including Germany, the UK, France, and Italy as well as smaller countries like
Human rights abuses in Xinjiang, suppression of democratic norms in Hong Kong, actions
in the South China Sea and the threats against Taiwan have started affecting opinions
against China in major west European countries, said Inside Over.
There is also concern over the absence of a level playing field in China as well as Chinese
attempts at securing critical technologies from the west.
"Chinese (business) acquisitions lead to undesirable technology transfers, Chinese
acquirers enjoy an unfair advantage because of government subsidies," said an article in
Review of International Economics in July 2021 quoting a European Commission analysis
of 2019 on challenges and prospects in relationship with China.
It further said, "Their (China's) acquisitions are motivated strategically with the objective to
get market dominance or to increase China's political influence in the target countries.
Chinese acquisitions also have adverse consequences for employees of target firms."
Several countries like the UK, France, Germany and Lithuania have in recent times taken
measures that reverse their previous accommodative policies towards China, the report
said, citing the Lithuanian Parliament's resolution against the suppression of Uyghurs, UK's
decision to not buy equipment from Huawei, and the coalition treaty of the new German
"We clearly address China's human rights violations, especially in Xinjiang. The one
country, two systems in Hong Kong must be reasserted. We are committed to a free and
open Indo-Pacific region, based on global norms and international law," the German
coalition treaty read. (ANI)