China’s Qin warns EU not to sanction its companies over trade with Russia

BERLIN ̵1; Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang warned her German counterpart Annalena Bierbock on Tuesday that Beijing would react strongly if the European Union imposed sanctions on Chinese companies over their possible role in aiding Russia’s war in Ukraine. .

Yet Baerbach dismissed the warning, telling Qin that it was China’s obligation to ensure that its companies did not supply weapons or so-called dual-use goods that could be used for Russia’s war effort to Moscow. .

“On the export of dual-use goods, we proceed in accordance with regulations and laws… Normal exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and Russian enterprises,” Qin told reporters during a press conference at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin. happens, which should not be affected.” ,

Qin said, “We are opposed to some countries, some blocks of countries, using their so-called laws against other countries, including China, for a long time to use jurisdiction and unilateral sanctions. , then China will respond in the necessary manner.” ,

Chinese minister’s warning came as European Commission Eight Chinese companies added for a draft of the upcoming sanctions, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. These companies, six of which are headquartered in Hong Kong, are seen as circumventing EU sanctions against Russia’s purchase of dual-use goods, including microchips.

However, Bierbock stressed that it was important that EU sanctions against Russia “are not being undermined by deceit,” and that this was “especially important” if Russian arms companies received goods that could harm them. Allows production of new weapons that could be used to attack Ukraine. ,

“That is why we, as the EU, are examining very targeted measures … to ensure that approved goods and dual-use goods do not fall into the wrong hands,” Bierbock said. “It is not directed against any specific country, but is specifically related to these banned goods. But we expect all countries and China also to make due impact on their companies in this sense.”

bareback, who who clashed with During a tense press conference in Beijing last month, China also reiterated its call respect human rights and to pressure Russia to end its war and withdraw its troops from Ukrainian soil.

Relations between Berlin and Beijing have been strained, with it emerging on Monday that China canceled a trip by German Finance Minister Christian Lindner this week at the last minute, sparking speculation that it would be a threat to Lindner and his key staff. Could be related to attitude. Free Democratic Party towards China and its relations with Taiwan.

Berbock reminded his Chinese counterpart that, with a view toward planned German-Chinese Government Consultations on 20 JuneEstablishing “direct contact” and dialogue between ministers was “vital”.

Qin argued that the short-notice cancellation of Lindner’s visit was due to “an urgent schedule” change by Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun, and said that the matter “should not be over-interpreted.” He said Lindner was still welcome to visit China “as soon as possible”.