The EU delegation to China admitted on Friday that it accepted Beijing to censor part of the joint press podium of the Ambassador of the Community and the 27 EU countries published in the official daily China to leave out comments on its origin. of the corona virus.
“The EU delegation was informed that the publication would only be accepted by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on condition that part of a sentence on the genesis and spread of the corona virus is deleted,” said the Community ambassador. Nicolas Chapuis in a statement.
However, the European ambassador has justified that despite the censorship of part of the text, important messages have been sent to the Chinese public. According to its version, the EU showed its displeasure with Beijing, but finally decided to give the publication the green light on the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, provided that “key” issues are addressed.
The press box is still censored and highlights issues such as climate change and sustainability, human rights, the importance of multilateralism, the global corona response summit, macroeconomic assistance, and debt relief for countries in difficulty, the press release argued.