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RE: Call on the EU Parliament and its Trade Committee to reject the CAI

Dear Honourable MEP,

       We are citizens/residents from EU countries and from all over the world. We were very concerned when we learned that the European Commission hastily signed the EU–China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) ahead of New Year's Eve 2021, especially before the inauguration of the new US president on January 20.

       We believe that signing this agreement in a rush at a time when the Chinese authorities are still carrying out human rights abuses and cultural genocide on a large scale is not only immoral, but also puts the EU and the world at risk.

1. The CCP has always trampled on its promises

     The history of the CCP since its establishment has been a history of constantly trampling on agreements that it has signed and tearing up its promises. Among two recent examples are Hong Kong and Australia.

     In 1984, in order to deceive public opinion in Taiwan and to deceive world public opinion, the Chinese Communist Party promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Hong Kong issue to implement the "One Country, Two Systems" non-interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs after it took over Hong Kong’s sovereignty in 1997, and it promised that it would "not change for 50 years". However, it has been just 23 years since the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty and the CCP has already completely subverted rule of law and freedom in Hong Kong through various means, and it is fully implementing human rights persecution. The CCP régime has also shamelessly claimed that the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which was registered with the United Nations, had been merely "a 'historical document' that no longer had any practical significance." Obviously, any promise made by the CCP is just like those made by Hitler, with no credibility at all.

     In 2015, the CCP and Australia signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which came into effect on December 20 of that year, stipulating that the two parties would mutually grant most-favored-nation status and zero-tariff treatment for most types of goods. However, after Australia implemented the “Anti-Infiltration Act" in 2017 and proposed in April 2020 to investigate the origin of the Wuhan COVID crisis that has ravaged the world, the CCP tore up the agreement and imposed a number of "economic sanctions" against Australia. It can be seen that in the face of the political needs of the CCP, any signed agreement can be regarded as waste paper at any time.

     The same applies to the EU-China investment agreement. If there is no strong punitive measure to counter it, the CCP will discard the agreement at any time that serves its own purposes.

2. The CCP is accustomed to "divide and conquer" its opponents

     "Split and disintegrate, divide and conquer" is the strategy that the CCP has been accustomed to use since its establishment in 1921. It is also the "key magic weapon" that it employed to defeat the previous regime and steal mainland China in 1949.

     This can also be seen very clearly from the history of recent years. For example, after the Nobel Peace Prize jury awarded Liu Xiaobo in 2010, the CCP imposed a series of sanctions against Norway, including suspension of free trade negotiations, elimination of visa exemptions, and more. Most notable, China banned imports of salmon and other fishery products from Norway, and turned to Denmark and other Nordic countries to import, thereby using Norway’s neighboring countries to attack Norway.

     In another example, after the president of France met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008, the CCP immediately cancelled orders from France worth more than tens of billions of dollars. At the same time, it sent an official procurement mission to Germany, Spain, Switzerland and other countries to purchase goods of that amount, in turn using France's neighbors to fight against France. The CCP’s propaganda machinery also publicly declared that "rewarding those who are friendly with oneself and punishing those who are enemies are the basic principles of economic diplomacy prevailing throughout the world." (http://meixinyu.blog.sohu.com/111346243.html)

     The CCP has also done the same towards Germany

     It can be seen that, in the eyes of the CCP, economics and trade are not purely reciprocal commercial activities, but purely political tools that can often be used to disintegrate and destroy the democratic camp.

3. The CCP has long used economics and trade as political threats

     China is indeed a huge market, but the CCP has often used its power to coerce and bully countries that overly reliant on the Chinese market.

     For example, earlier this year, the CCP imposed "penalties" on the Czech Republic in the form of cancelling orders and restricting tourist visits due to a visit to Taiwan by the head of the Czech senate.

     Another example is Australia. Because of its long-term dependence on the Chinese market, Australia has had too many eggs put into the CCP’s extremely risky basket.. So when Australia proposed that the WHO to investigate the source of the Wuhan virus, the CCP began to restrict tourism and imports of barley, beef, coal, and wine, and many other products, causing the Australian economy to suffer great difficulties.

     After the EU-China investment agreement comes into effect, China’s huge market could easily be used by the CCP to induce the EU to unknowingly fall into the trap of excessive dependence, and repeat the mistakes of Australia, becoming a victim of CCP bullying.

     In particular, since Communist China is a dictatorship, the authorities can completely ignore the temporary hardship that such economic and trade sanctions in turn bring to the Chinese people, while the governments of democratic countries, including EU members, must take into account the loss of votes caused by an economic downturn. As a result, CCP's threats can often have a chance of succeeding. Therefore, the EU must have a clear understanding of this and be prepared in advance.

4. The CCP is an imminent threat to the world peace

     Since Xi Jinping came to power, he has fully implemented the personal dictatorship of the same style as Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Hitler. And, in mimic of Hitler's "Great Rejuvenation of Germany", Xi consciously promoted the fascist ideology in China with the slogan "The Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation".

     He has been emphasising a "strong army" policy, calling for "ready for war", and "must win once war" to make war preparations and mobilization. And his bloodthirsty generals have been clamouring from time to time that they "will not hesitate to nuclear war" and "will not hesitate to war even if it will mean that most of China east of Xi'an becomes scorched earth".

     In order to establish his "historical merits" to make him stand side by side with Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping has set the recent goal of reunification of Taiwan by military force, and has begun to implement it.

     The problem is, just like Hitler’s territorial claims would not stop at the Sudetenland area, if Xi’s attempt to conque Taiwan succeeds, the Nazi-like nationalism enthusiasm instigated by the CCP will inevitably lead its forces towards much broader targets including the South China Sea islands and Diaoyudao (Senkaku) Islands, and that will become the fuse of a new world war.

     Obviously, the CCP today is just like the Nazi of Germany on the eve of World War II. It cannot be a trusted trading partner, but the biggest, most dangerous and most urgent threat to world peace. It must be stopped in time.

5. Our request

     We hope that you, as a member of the European Parliament/EP Trade Committee can through deliberation overturn the current version of the EU-China investment agreement. Furthermore, we request the following security guarantees:

1) The termination of forced labour and ethnic persecution

     There can be no fair business competition with a country where there is a system of forced labour and prison slave labour. The approval and entry into force of the EU-China investment agreement must be based on the fact that all forced labour in China has indeed ended, along with the closure of all prison factories, labour camps, and other forms of brainwashing, especially cultural genocide in Xinjiang. The so-called "Vocational Skills Education and Training Centers" (Xinjiang re-education camps) must be closed down, and this must be confirmed by international independent and free investigations.

2) China’s judiciary must be made truly independent

     Without a judicial system that is independent of the control of the government and political parties, the fairness of business activities and even the personal safety of employees cannot be guaranteed. People in EU countries engaged in normal business activities in China could at any time find themselves in the situation of people like Canadian businessmen Michael Kovrig and diplomat Michael Spavor, who have been imprisoned trumped up charges or like Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who was kidnapped while in Thailand.

     Therefore, the approval and entry into force of the EU-China investment agreement must be based on the premise that China has first achieved judicial independence.

3) Freedom of the press and freedom of speech must be realized first

     Without the supervision of the "fourth estate,” or a free press, judicial independence cannot be guaranteed and verified. And as a result, EU citizens living or traveling in China may encounter random secret detention, such as Canadian politician Richard T. Lee, who was detained and forced to hand over mobile phones and other equipment containing business secrets.

     Similarly, in an environment in which there is no freedom of speech, no internet communication that is not troubled by monitoring and filtering, and no environment that allows overseas communications software such as WhatsApp and Telegram to freely compete with Chinese products controlled by the CCP, there is no way to obtain timely information and guarantee trade secrets.

     Therefore, the approval and entry into force of the EU-China investment agreement must be based on the fact that China has allowed freedom of the press and freedom of speech, that it has allowed the international media to publish and interview subjects freely in China. Furthermore, China must also open its markets to overseas search engines such as Google, overseas social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and International communications software such as Telegram, without restrictions, censorship or monitoring.

4) China must also allow freedom of association and must also allow people to form independent trade unions

     There is no independent trade union in China that is not under official control and influence. Not only is the human rights and welfare of Chinese workers not guaranteed, but the products of democratic countries, including of the European Union, cannot compete fairly with products produced in Chinese sweatshops.

     Therefore, the approval and entry into force of the EU-China investment agreement must be based on the premise that China has truly allowed freedom of association, and that it allows all residents in China the right to form their own organizations, including independent trade unions, without restriction.

5) The democratic camp work hand-in-hand

     In order to effectively resist the CCP threat to world peace, and resist the CCP’s violation of agreements and commitments, and it’s use of political threats to sow diplomatic discord through economic and trade means, the international democratic camp must unite and work together. Therefore, the signing, approval and implementation of the EU-China investment agreement and similar EU-China agreements should be fully communicated with the United States, Britain, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other democratic countries outside the EU. Negotiations and understanding are the prerequisite for reaching any agreements.


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