Visibly annoyed, EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell took the podium yesterday for his press conference after the EU foreign ministers’ meeting. Within just a few hours, relations between the European Union and China had turned pitch black: After the announcement of the already expected EU sanctions against four Chinese officials and one organization, the – no less expected – response came from Beijing. But no one in Brussels had expected the scale of the response – China launched a round of sanctions against all the European voices that had long been a thorn in Beijing’s side.
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