Speaking with Breitbart London on Tuesday, the chairman of the Bow Group, Ben Harris-Quinney said: “The EU presents itself as the global arbiter of the ‘rules-based system’, yet they wasted no time in repudiating the democratic decisions of Brexit and Trump as a debasement of their ideal rules, criticising the rise of what they describe as ‘dangerous populism’.”
“They, however, have very little to say on how China is run, and what are very apparent human rights abuses,” he said, adding that therefore it is “no surprise” that trade has ramped up .
The head of the UK’s oldest conservative think tank pointed to the Paris Climate Accords — which America left under the leadership of former President Trump, only to be rejoined under the Biden administration — as another example of European hypocrisy.
Mr Harris-Quinney noted that under the agreement “the West is required to dismantle its industry, but China is allowed to continue to increase industrial development and pollution,” adding that “this unchecked hypocrisy and baffling lack of statecraft” from European leaders have “allowed China to rise and the West to fall.”
The Bow Group chairman said that China’s industrial might is reliant upon trade with Western nations, saying that despite the EU’s penchant for trade rules and regulations, the bloc has given the Chinese dictatorship a pass on its unfair trade practices and human rights abuses.
“At a minimum, it is high time they at least apply the same basic human rights requirements to China as their other major trading partners in return for so much trade. It seems likely however that EU rules will continue to be for thee, but not for Xi,” Harris-Quinney concluded.