EU and Chinese officials have held a summit where the EU side has expressed concern about the treatment of minorities in Tibet and the Xinjiang Uighur region. The United States, meanwhile, has promised to limit imports in Xinjiang, reports vLatvian broadcaster DW a British social media BBC.
On Monday, 14 September, a remote video meeting took place between the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Council Charles Michel, the German Chancellor of the EU Council Presidency Angela Merkel and the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
As the EU’s largest and most lucrative foreign market, Brussels has sought to use Beijing’s benefits from the EU’s single market to take action on a number of important issues. China has also agreed that food and drink products whose names are protected in the EU cannot be traded on the Chinese market by other foreign companies.
“We reiterated our concern about China’s treatment of minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet.”
indicated by Michel. “We asked for independent observers in Xinjiang, and we called for the release of Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen arbitrarily detained, and two Canadian citizens.”
The US is acting more directly, criticizing more sharply
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday criticized alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region against Uighurs who, in Washington’s view, are being held in a concentration camp and in forced labor. The US authority has announced a ban on imports of stature, cotton, hardware and hair care products into the US from five legal entities in China’s Xinjiang and Anhui provinces.