EU Proposes Sanctions on Chinese Firms for Allegedly Helping Russia

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The Facts

  • Diplomatic sources have confirmed the EU on Wednesday will begin discussing sanctions against eight Chinese companies for allegedly aiding the Russian war effort in Ukraine. It would be the first time the 27-member bloc sanctioned China in relation to the conflict.

  • On Monday, a spokesman for the European Commission stated that the draft proposal, which was sent to member states on Friday, focuses on implementing sanctions, their effectiveness, and how to crack down circumvention.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

Though China claims to be a neutral actor seeking peace between Russia and Ukraine, Beijing and Moscow signed a "no limits" partnership just before the invasion. The West had only promised sanctions should China provide material aid to the Russian military, which is what it seems these companies have done. This proposal didn't come out of the blue but in response to Beijing's growing vocal and now material support for Moscow.

Pro-China narrative

China has never taken a side in the Russia-Ukraine war, and it's best the EU and its member countries understand that. China has looked at this conflict through an objective lens and offered peaceful solutions through negotiation. Therefore, any sanctions placed on Chinese firms by the EU would be an unprovoked move to which China has the right to defend itself equally.

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