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ICT writes to countries attending China’s Belt and Road Forum not to put trade before human rights issues

May 12, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet has written to governments in Europe that are sending delegates to China’s first Belt & Road Forum (BRF) not to put trade before human rights. The letter urged them to include the deteriorating human rights situation in China, and in particular in Tibet, in their bilateral talks with their Chinese counterparts, and to include references to human rights and the rule of law in any joint statement adopted at the summit.

The Belt and Road Forum, part of China’s One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR), will be held on May 14 and 15, 2017 in Beijing. It aims to put China at the center of global economic affairs and to expand links between it and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. However, given China’s political situation, there is fear that this will lead to strengthening the effort of countries that put trade before human rights and respect for a community’s culture and environment.

“While this initiative might benefit some countries’ economic development, the international community has an equally important responsibility in ensuring that human rights are not sidelined in the face of economic interests and trade relations with China,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet.

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At a critical point in EU-China relations, European Leaders must raise Tibet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

March 21, 2014

Chinese Party Secretary and President Xi Jinping arrives in Europe on March 22nd for his first visit to Europe as China’s leader after assuming full power a year ago in March 2013. After attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, President Xi will visit France and Germany and conclude his European tour in Belgium where he will meet with both EU leaders and Belgian authorities on March 31.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director for the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “At a time when the EU is evaluating its relationship with Russia over the Crimea crisis, European leaders must now address the relationship with a similarly authoritarian Chinese Party-state whose values are so at odds with those of the EU. Just as Ukraine deserves our robust recognition and legal protection, the issue of Tibet merits being raised with Xi during his visit.”

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