On Thursday Matthew Pottinger said that the deal, made despite China’s “grotesque human rights abuses,” has shocked U. S. cross-party politicians at a time when a new American presidential administration is imminent.
Addressing the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) Pottinger wrote on Twitter that “Leaders in both U.S. political parties and across the U.S. government are perplexed and stunned that the EU is moving towards a new investment treaty right on the eve of a new U.S. administration.”
‘No Longer Kid Ourselves’ Over China
“There is nowhere for bureaucrats in Brussels or Europe to hide. We can no longer kid ourselves that Beijing is on the verge of honoring labor rights, while it continues to build millions of square feet of factories for forced labor in Xinjiang” he wrote.
“The EU Commission’s haste to partner with Beijing despite its grotesque human rights abuses has removed a fig leaf,” he added.
The Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) pact was made after the Chinese communist regime, according to the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, made commitments to improve the EU’s access to Chinese markets and also to pursue ratification of the International Labor Organisation’s rules on forced labor.