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EU relations with China take bitter turn as bloc’s ‘Magnitsky Act’ invoked to sanction Chinese officials for human rights abuse

The sanctions are part of a larger group of global sanctions on countries deemed to have violated human rights, including Russia, North Korea, Libya, Eritrea and South Sudan.

By Vish Gain for AMLi

IT IS NO SECRET that the European Union has a complicated relationship with China. The world’s second-wealthiest political entity hasn’t been able to decide if the Asian economic powerhouse is its competitor or partner — at times striking trade deals and in others, threatening with sanctions.

Swinging towards the hostile end of the relationship pendulum, the European Union Thursday inched closer to sanctioning China — the first time since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown — for its questionable human rights track record across the country, particularly in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

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