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EU-China relations nosedive after sanctions on each other

European governments have faced strong public demands to respond to allegations of Chinese violations of human rights, particularly in Xinjiang. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - Relations between China and the European Union are set to nosedive after Beijing blacklisted several key European lawmakers, academics and think-tanks in retaliation for an earlier EU decision to impose sanctions on a few Chinese officials.

The move, which came as a surprise to EU governments, is sure to complicate the task of ratifying a comprehensive investment treaty that the Union concluded with China just before the start of this year.

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