法国因强制劳动问题将杯葛中欧投资协定 时政

来源:Politico

France refuses to support an EU-China investment deal if the issue of forced labor isn't addressed, Franck Riester, France’s junior minister for trade, told Le Monde.

"We can't facilitate investment in China if we don't work to abolish forced labor,” he said.

Trade deals should be used as leverage "to advance social issues," Riester said. He also warned that the deal leads to more market access, but not to investment protection, "even though it's important to protect our companies from the risks of sudden nationalisation."

Brussels and Beijing hoped to clinch a landmark investment deal before the end of the year. But talks between EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday morning, were postponed after opposition from both the incoming U.S. administration and from EU capitals.

Poland on Tuesday already urged the EU not to rush things and to cooperate more with Washington. According to Riester, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands support the French skepticism.

One EU diplomat confirmed that a "substantial group of countries" pushed back against the Commission this week on the EU-China deal, both because of the issue of forced labor and the lack of investment protection for EU companies in China.

A Commission spokesperson could not give more info about a future call between Dombrovskis and Liu He, saying that "both sides are in continuous contact in order to address outstanding issues."

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法国初级商贸部长 Franck Riester 告诉世界报记者,如果不能解决强迫劳动问题,法国将拒绝支持中欧投资协议。

他说:“如果不努力废除强迫劳动,我们就不能在中国进行投资。”

Riester说,贸易协议应被用作“推动社会问题的”的杠杆。他还提到,这笔交易将导致更多的市场准入,而不是投资保护,哪怕“让我们的公司免受突然被收归国有的风险是重中之重”。

布鲁塞尔和北京曾希望在今年年底之前达成一项具有里程碑意义的投资协议。但由于美国政府和欧盟各国提出的反对,原定于周二上午举行的欧盟贸易主席Valdis Dombrovskis与中国副总理刘公公之间的会谈被推迟。

在周二波兰已经敦促欧盟不要仓促行动,并与华盛顿进行更多合作。Riester认为,比利时,卢森堡和荷兰也支持法国的怀疑态度。

一位欧盟外交官证实,由于“强迫劳动”问题和对中国欧盟公司缺乏投资保护,“相当多的国家”本周对欧盟与中国的交易提出了反对。

欧盟委员会发言人无法提供更多有关Dombrovskis与刘公公间未来交流的信息​​,并称“双方将继续保持联系,以解决悬而未决的问题。”


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