EU ‘preparing measures’ against China over Hong Kong but diplomats say economic sanctions ‘unlikely’

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The European Union is preparing countermeasures on China in response to Beijing’s new security law on Hong Kong, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Monday. However, diplomats said the likely steps will not amount to economic sanctions. They see “broad support” among EU member states for some action, adding, however, that tough measures were not being discussed in detail, Reuters said. The cited problem is resistance from China’s closest trade partners in Europe, such as Hungary and Greece. “We have agreed… to develop a coordinated EU response to show support for Hong Kong’s autonomy and civil society,” Borrell said after a meeting of the bloc’s for

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