European Parliament (MEPs) freezes controversial the approval of the EU-China investment deal due to sanctions.
In a vote last Thursday, 599 votes were cast in favor of suspending the agreement. And there were 30 votes against. 58 members of parliament abstained.
The European Parliament has said that the agreement will not be ratified unless the Chinese government lifts sanctions on European politicians.
After seven long years of conflict, the EU-China investment deal came to light last December. This includes equal opportunities for European companies to do business in China.
But since the beginning of this year, relations between the two sides have begun to cool.
In March, Beijing imposed sanctions on 10 European politicians, think tanks, and diplomatic authorities for criticizing the Chinese government’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs Muslims in Xinjiang. The list also includes five members of the European Parliament’s subcommittee on human rights.
Beijing has imposed sanctions on German-EU lawmaker Reinhard Butikofer. He said after the decision in the European Parliament, China did not comply with international law. The approval of the investment agreement has been blocked due to Beijing’s mistake.