PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 JULY 2022
GLOBAL COALITION OF LEGISLATORS CALL FOR SANCTIONS ON CHINESE FIRMS ASSISTING RUSSIA MILITARY OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE
A group of over 50 parliamentarians representing more than 25 countries across North America, Europe and Australia have called on their governments to replicate US trade sanctions against five Chinese technology firms for providing support to Russia’s military sector following the invasion of Ukraine.
The calls, made by members of the cross-party Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), follow moves made by the US Department of Commerce to place five Chinese technology firms on an export control blacklist after they were identified as having provided goods to Russia’s military and defence industrial complex.
Addressing their respective foreign ministries, the signatories call for an export control and scrutiny mechanism to target PRC entities providing support to Russia’s military efforts in Ukraine, saying that “technologies produced on our shores cannot be allowed to further aid Russia’s senseless war in Ukraine” and that “as Russia’s largest single trading partner, ensuring the PRC’s entities do not act to weaken the impact of international sanctions on Russia is of critical importance”.
Signatories to the letter include US Representatives Congressman Mike Gallagher and Congresswoman Young Kim; Reinhard Bütikofer,German Green MEP and chair of the European Parliament’s China delegation; Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, former leader of the UK Conservative Party; Dovilė Šakalienė, Lithuanian Social Democrat MP and one of 8 European legislators sanctioned by the Chinese government for their advocacy on Uyghur rights; and Senator James Paterson, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security & Countering Foreign Interference for the Australian Liberal Party.
IPAC Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer MEP said:
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine comes amidst a deepened ‘no limits’ friendship between Moscow and Beijing. The Chinese government is working around the clock to push the Kremlin’s lies and disinformation on Ukraine across the globe, while Chinese companies continue to supply the Russian military with crucial technologies. Companies which service Putin’s senseless war in Ukraine must be named, shamed and face the consequences.”