Frenchman Beaune denounces threats and intimidation from China

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Frenchman Beaune denounces threats and intimidation from China


(Bloomberg) – France will not tolerate “threats and intimidation” from China, the little French Minister of European Affairs, Clément Beaune, said on Tuesday.
“Neither France nor Europe are doormats,” Beaune, one of President Emmanuel Macron’s main collaborators, said in the latest sign of escalating tensions between the two countries, in an interview with radio France Info.

The Chinese ambassador in Paris did not appear after being summoned by France on Monday, citing “agenda reasons” in Paris, following what Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said qualified as “unacceptable” remarks and sanctions against individuals.

Beaune said he “didn’t think very much” that there was an “agenda question”. “We are waiting for this summons to be honored.”

The harshest comments come after Beijing said it would sanction 10 people, including a French member of the European Parliament, and four European entities in response to European Union sanctions against China for alleged human rights violations. man against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. The United States, United Kingdom and Canada have also taken action.

Read more: US, UK, EU sanction China for human rights violation (2)

The French foreign ministry said Monday that China’s decision, as well as the multiple remarks of the Chinese embassy in Paris, were “unacceptable”.

In a series of tweets last week, the Chinese embassy in Paris described Antoine Bondaz, a researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research, as an “ideological troll”, “crazy hyena” and “little thug”. He also called on French parliamentarians to visit Taiwan.

“It is not by attacking academic freedom, freedom of expression and fundamental democratic freedoms that China will respond to the legitimate concerns of the European Union,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

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