The European Union will launch the “EU Digital Covid Certificate” program on 1 July, after the instrument was approved by the EU Parliament on 9 June to streamline information on the COVID-19 status of a traveler. , as is the case with the vaccine manufactured by Russia. The Chinese embassy’s embassy in France responded by saying it would take revenge on the reciprocal treatment of French travelers in China.
All EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, are included in the scheme which will streamline information on the COVID-19 health status of travelers such as COVID-19 test results, recovery status or vaccination status to help them become more efficient in the To move EU countries, which still have different admission requirements. The digital certificates contain a QR code and are issued by individual EU countries. All EU countries must recognize the certificates issued by other EU countries.
Vaccines manufactured by China were not included in the program as they were not approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, some EU member states, such as Greece, Cyprus, Hungary and Serbia, have accepted Chinese vaccinations.
In line with the EU decision, France implemented new enrollment regulations for COVID-19 on June 9th. Vaccinated people do not have to provide ‘compelling reasons’ to enter France, nor do they have to be quarantined. The vaccines Pfizer, Modena, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have been approved for use by France. Vaccinations made by companies in China have not been approved. In addition, France divides the world into three epidemic zones: green, orange and red. China is listed as an orange area.
Under the regulations, Chinese citizens must provide ‘compelling reasons’ to enter the country and then be quarantined for seven days after arriving in France if they gain access.
The official website of the Chinese Embassy in France has a announcement on June 14 to remind Chinese citizens of the new French regulations. A staff member at the Chinese embassy in France told Radio Free Asia that Beijing will implement “reciprocal sanctions”, that is, when French people enter China, China will not recognize their vaccination with non-Chinese vaccinations.
Chinese media on the mainland report the regime’s retaliatory measures against France on 15 June, adding that travelers from France must be quarantined for 28 days, which is much longer than what France requires for Chinese citizens. The reports claim that the Chinese vaccines are not recognized by France and the EU for political reasons, saying that they have already been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Reports say the retaliation from the regime “France will learn a lesson.”
Wang Longmeng, a topical commentator in France, told RFA that he believed China’s retaliation was intended to arouse nationalist sentiments among the Chinese. He pointed out that, as one of the representatives of the regime’s ‘wolf diplomacy’, the Chinese Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, regularly criticized Western countries for their calls to investigate the origins of COVID-19. The criticism was also placed on the Chinese embassy Official Website. The Chinese embassy in France has also been constantly commenting on social media in an effort to foster public opinion against the West.
Wang said: “The reciprocal treatment demanded by China is also ridiculous. How will the Chinese citizens who live in France and have received Western vaccinations feel about it? Will it be forbidden to return to China? ”
Wang added that he believes France as an important EU country is accountable to its citizens by not approving the Chinese vaccines, given the reports of low efficacy and a lack of transparency around the data provided in clinical trials. trials were used. It is also an essential way to keep China in check, as the regime pursues its vaccine diplomacy and seeks global domination by seizing the opportunity of the pandemic, Wang said.
Erkin Azat, a Kazakh journalist living in France, praised the EU’s decision not to approve Chinese vaccines. However, he told RFA he was concerned that the EU’s joint policy would eventually be violated by China’s vaccine diplomacy, as some EU countries that participated in the regime’s Belt and Road Initiative received large loans from China. Chinese vaccinations approved.