Rivellini nuovo presidente della delegazione UE per la Cina

Il 29 settembre la delegazione del Parlamento Europeo per la Cina si e’ riunita ed ha nominato Crescenzio Rivellini come suo nuovo presidente.

Segue il comunicato di Human Rights Without Frontiers

On 29 September the European Parliament delegation to China convened and nominated Crescenzio Rivellini as the new chairman for the EU delegation to China. Rivellini advocated tighter economic policies and cautious human rights approaches.

After his nomination, Rivellini headed an open discussion on what types of issues the new delegation should focus its agenda on in the coming year. Most present were concurrent on the issues of economic stability, human rights improvement, and management of climate change.

Rivellini suggested that with regard to human rights development in China, the EU needs to take a very cautious and ‘delicate’ approach. “We need to put forth a message of peace, not rivalry.” He suggested that China does not respond well to attempted foreign intervention to improve their human rights conditions. Instead, China’s focus remains on improving social issues throughout the country. “We don’t want the issue to be a confrontation, but a discussion.”

Another delegate did not however agree and stated that “Human rights developments are simply not taking place. Much has changed over 60 years since China’s founding, but the government has not.”

Concerning economic stability, the new chairman suggested that the EU take a much tougher stance against China on loosening investment access for EU companies in the region. Many European companies face obstacles such as restricted access to alleged ‘strategic’ Chinese economic sectors, as well as joint-venture obligations.

China, meanwhile, faces strict anti-dumping measures in the EU, which it claims unfairly limit its investment possibilities in Europe.

Rivellini suggested further strengthening barriers to Chinese exports by tagging on additional tariffs to Chinese imports.

Essentially, he suggested further protection of the European economy on the one hand, and pushed for  gaining Chinese cooperation for more unfettered access to entrepreneurial ventures from Europe-not exactly a “give-and-take’ approach. He suggested the new delegation should move at a different speed than previously, and that it needs to deal with various industries in China that other delegations were not willing to face head-on.

Rivellini was, however, in favor of ending the arms embargo the the EU has on China, ever since the 1989 Tienanmen Square incidents. He also feels that the EU could further benefit from more involvement in exploiting Africa’s rich natural resources, which China has already taken advantage of.

The delegation further discussed the crucial issue of climate change, and suggested a discussion with China to ascertain to what extent they are willing to make substantial changes in environmental policies.

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