We publish a statement by the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) on the sanctions announced by the People’s Republic of China against several European individuals and entities.
Today the Chinese government has announced sanctions on ten EU individuals and four entities in retaliation for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for gross human rights abuses.
Members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China sanctioned include Reinhard Bütikofer MEP, Samuel Cogolati MP, Miriam Lexmann MEP and Dovilė Šakalienė MP, alongside IPAC Advisor Adrian Zenz.
IPAC deplores these attempts by the Chinese Government to intimidate and silence our parliamentary members and advisors.
IPAC will not be distracted from its mission, which is to defend the principles of a fair and rights-respecting world order, which has come under severe strain in recent years owing to the actions of the current leadership of the Communist Party of China. We will not bow to attempts to suppress free speech in our legislatures, universities or other public spaces.
Authentic dialogue must be grounded in tolerance and mutual respect. Public intimidation of foreign politicians and researchers by the Chinese Government only serves to undermine and discredit their message.