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Brussels / Berlin (dpa) – Germany has cited the Chinese ambassador in Berlin to Foreign Affairs over the sanctions that China has imposed on German politicians and scientists.

They pushed for a meeting because they wanted to make it very clear that “we are absolutely unable to understand the sanctions imposed on MPs and academics,” said Federal Secretary of State Heiko Maas on the sidelines of a NATO meeting. Brussels. According to the SPD politician, the conversation took place on Tuesday and was led by State Secretary Miguel Berger.

For the first time in more than three decades, the EU on Monday imposed sanctions on China for human rights violations. They target those responsible for the persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of northwest China. In response, the Beijing government immediately announced counter-sanctions against European politicians, experts and institutions.

In Germany, these are the Green MEP and China expert Reinhard B├╝tikofer, the CDU MEP Michael Gahler as well as the Uyghur researcher Adrian Zenz and the renowned Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics).

Due to EU sanctions against Chinese people responsible for the oppression of the Uyghurs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the head of the EU delegation in Beijing. As the ministry announced on Tuesday, Nicolas Chapuis had received the Chinese protest the day before. During the conversation, Deputy Foreign Minister Qin Gang pointed out that the punitive measures are based on “lies and false information”.

The sanctions are against reality and common sense, Qin Gang said. The European Union is not qualified to act as a human rights teacher. China urges the EU to recognize the seriousness of this error, correct it and end the confrontation “so as not to harm Sino-European relations anymore,” he said.

Maas replied on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels: “While we sanction human rights violations, Beijing sanctions democracy and its institutions and we cannot accept that like that.”

The EU sanctions stipulate that all assets of the natural or legal persons concerned are frozen. In addition, they may no longer be made available to money or economic resources. They are now also prohibited from entering the EU.

According to the current EU Official Journal, the four affected Chinese are the director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, Chen Mingguo, and representatives of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Party Committee. In addition, the Public Security Bureau has been added to the EU sanctions list as an institution.

According to the EU, all those affected are responsible for the massive, arbitrary internment and degrading treatment of Uyghurs and members of other Muslim ethnic minorities, as well as for systematic violations of these people’s freedom of religion and belief. The human rights violations took place in the course of a “large-scale surveillance, internment and indoctrination program” against Muslim ethnic minorities, the EU Official Journal said.