Now, China censors European Union's 'friendship letter'

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 07, 2020, 08:54 PM(IST)

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the European Union watered down the coronavirus report critical of the Chinese regime and then some of its member nations hailed China as a brother for its 'donation diplomacy'

It's not just the media which China wants to censor, it is targeting embassies based in China. It is targeting governments calling for an inquiry. Beijing is targeting any organization that dares to challenge its narrative.

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Even those who consider China a friend are being targeted, namely the European Union(EU). A union of 27 European nations, a body that is said to represent over 447 million Europeans but off late it has been representing and mirroring Chinese propaganda.

Firstly, the European Union watered down the coronavirus report critical of the Chinese regime and then some of its member nations hailed China as a brother for its "donation diplomacy".

Now, this body seems to be dealing with China on China's terms. The European Union recently released an opinion piece on the coronavirus. It was co-authored and co-signed by all European Union ambassadors to Beijing.

It was meant to celebrate the body's 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China. The European Union called it a friendship letter.  

"The outbreak of the coronavirus in China and its subsequent spread to the rest of the world over the past three months, has meant that our pre-existing plans have been temporarily side-tracked," it said, a paragraph which pointed to China as the origin of this pandemic.

China's daily - a state-run newspaper published a letter  on Wednesday, with part of the letter mentioned being removed. China censored the so called "friendship letter" and apparently the European Union didn't protest.

As per reports, it was the EU which allowed China to publish the censored version. According to Battu Henriksson, an EU spokeswoman on foreign affairs, "EU diplomats decided to proceed with the publication with considerable reluctance."

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