EU suspension of CAI is a setback to Merkel’s pro-China policies

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Cai’s suspension came when the EU had decided to reopen trade and investment negotiations with India after hiatus eight years, mainly because the high ambition bar was maintained for New Delhi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Chinese president Xi Jinping at China-France global governance forum in Paris, in 2019.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Chinese president Xi Jinping at China-France global governance forum in Paris, in 2019.

In the European Union parliament, there is a saying that their human rights policy is very strict so that they can enter the BMW car hood. The suspension of ratification of the UE comprehensive agreement on investment (CAI) and China not only heard the bell of death for the agreement but was a strong rejection to German Chancellor Angela Merkel Pro-China in the last 15 years.

“Investment Agreement is as good as the dead even though the EU officially states that it is suspended for now. Many UE diplomats include some of Germany skeptical since the beginning but the last straw is a Chinese sanction of European Parliament members, including all human rights committees,” said a person Senior diplomat in the EU. Sanctions were imposed in retaliation to the European Union to sanction four Chinese officials and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau for alleged their involvement in operating called the Education Camp in Xinjiang Province dominated by Muslims. This is a European parliament that must approve Cai and with its members sanctions, such decisions become cannot be maintained.

While Germany, and to a certain extent of France, being behind CAI’s conclusion in December last year, the fact that he set a low ambition bar about Chinese aggression against Taiwan, a violation of Hong Kong and Human Rights in Xinjiang, has caused strong opposition from green and members Liberal from the European Parliament. EU media and other pressure groups have also highlighted similar problems. Many hinted that CAI moved until now, especially because it was a German Chancellor’s personal project and will lose steam finally see the office facing in September this year. Chancellor Angela Merkel, by overseeing the German car business, not only encouraged an agreement during the EU presidency in 2020 but is now also seen as someone who opposes the opposite journey in the vaccine because it exported this vaccine on a commercial basis than to surrender to the IPR even during the health crisis biggest in 100 years.

Cai’s suspension came when the EU had decided to reopen trade and investment negotiations with India after hiatus eight years, mainly because the high ambition bar was maintained for New Delhi. This is done even though India becomes democracy with strong laws about human rights, labor and strong commitment to international system rules based.

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