28 May: EU-China sanctions : Who will blink first?

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

It is part of Chinese culture that they must save face at any cost. It is part of European culture to be polite and give in quietly to avoid embarrassment for themselves and their associates. In the past European etiquette has always enable the Chinese to control the narrative. This time, however, stalemate appears to be the outcome as during its plenary of 20 May 2021, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) refused to accept any agreement with China whilst sanctions from China against certain Members of the Parliament remained …