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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • China's pouring money into its team of 16 in Europe.

  • Just to make sure that when it really counts,

  • somebody's going to know which way to kick the ball.

  • Wait, no, no!

  • Not that...way.

  • Hi, welcome back to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • You know, international politics and sports are a lot alike.

  • You train hard, play your heart out,

  • and in the end

  • the team with the most money wins.

  • Obviously everyone wants their team to be the best.

  • And over the years, Europe has produced lots of champions.

  • Italy! World Cup champions...”

  • Spain are the kings of world football.”

  • That is it! Germany are the champions of the world!”

  • Europe has also produced champions of human rights.

  • We recommend an international investigation

  • into forced organ harvesting in China,”

  • And more than once,

  • Europe was willing to address

  • one of the most difficult human rights issues in China.

  • In July 2016, the European Parliament,

  • which represents 28 countries,

  • passed this declaration on stopping organ

  • harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

  • And even before that,

  • Parliament passed this resolution,

  • whichexpresses its deep concern

  • over the persistent and credible reports of systematic,

  • statesanctioned organ harvestingin China.

  • And they called for the EU to investigate.

  • Well, to make sure this kind of embarrassing

  • exposé of their human rights problems

  • doesn't happen again,

  • the Chinese Communist Party

  • is going on a spending spree.

  • To see if some players on team Europe

  • couldaccidentallyfumble the ball sometimes.

  • Like Greece.

  • In our episode from December,

  • Shelley talked about how while the rest of Europe

  • was busy squeezing Greece,

  • China showed up with cargo containers full of cash.

  • And in a move that

  • was definitely in no way related,

  • Greece blocked an EU statement

  • on China's human rights...

  • one that the EU usually makes every year.

  • Greece's European pals were not impressed.

  • The global human rights agenda

  • is best served when the EU speaks with one voice,”

  • an EU spokesperson said.

  • Which is diplomat-speak for,

  • Hey Greece, that was not cool.”

  • But China loved it.

  • So much, in fact,

  • that it wants to buy a whole team of players like Greece.

  • It's even got a name: 16 + 1.

  • That is, 16 Central and Eastern European nations,

  • plus one owner-slash-manager with deep pockets

  • China!

  • 11 of those 16 countries

  • are on the field with the EU,

  • and 5 are on the bench.

  • Team 16 is already getting lots of criticism.

  • Not just in Brussels

  • the informal capital of the EU

  • but across the entire continent.

  • One problem,

  • according to an unnamed European diplomat,

  • is that China is using Team 16

  • to change laws in Europe.

  • Some of them are touching on

  • areas where there are already initiatives

  • between the EU and China.

  • And we only see the tip of the iceberg.”

  • Ahthetip of the iceberg.”

  • Don't worry.

  • Icebergs are probably nothing to worry about.

  • But that warning seems lost on some countries.

  • In Hungary Chinese Investment

  • is hailed as the 'Eastward Opening.'

  • Serbian authorities see it as the glue

  • in a 'reliable friendship,'

  • while the Polish government describes it as

  • a 'tremendous opportunity.'”

  • An Eastward Opening?

  • Oh, I think I see onegogo….ohno!

  • That wasn't supposed to happen.

  • Anyway, it's obvious why

  • Team 16 wants China.

  • China is investing billions of dollars

  • in building infrastructure that will hopefully

  • spur other economic development in their countries.

  • In fact, since 2012,

  • Chinese companies have announced

  • 15 billion dollars worth of investment.

  • It's now all being wrapped into

  • China's One Belt, One Road Initiative.

  • And roads are getting built.

  • In 2014,

  • Chinese state-owned power company and bank

  • agreed to build a 1.5 billion dollar to highway in Bosnia.

  • And a year later, a different Chinese company

  • signed a 3.6 billion dollar deal

  • to build a highway between

  • Albania and Montenegro.

  • These are glorious, heady times.

  • At least until it's time to repay

  • those billions of dollars in loans.

  • But they'll cross that bridge

  • when they come to it.

  • Hopefully.

  • Of course,

  • the Chinese Communist Party is thrilled.

  • Because it stands to buy 16 players in Europe,

  • each willing to take one for the team.

  • And that starts to add up.

  • Like with Hungary

  • which has been hungry for Chinese investment.

  • Last March, Hungary blocked an EU joint letter

  • that would have denounced the torture

  • of jailed rights lawyers in China.

  • And in July 2015,

  • Greece, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia

  • managed to take out a direct reference to China

  • in an EU statement about a court ruling

  • that struck down China's legal claims

  • over the South China Sea.

  • Now that's the team spirit!

  • Knocking some of the teeth out of

  • Europe's “one voicepolicy on China

  • is definitely part of the plan,

  • say EU officials.

  • China's strategy in Europe is divide and rule,”

  • said Franck Proust,

  • a French Member of European Parliament.

  • And it's working because the 27 EU member states

  • are incapable to remain in solidarity with each other.”

  • But the bigger danger is that China could

  • use its influence to change laws inside Europe.

  • Already, China is suspected of using

  • its money and influence to change

  • an important EU initiative

  • that is, EU-wide screening

  • of foreign investments.

  • The push for screenings comes as Chinese investment skyrockets.

  • Which also makes countries

  • more dependent on Chinese money,

  • and less eager to criticize the Chinese regime.

  • ButChina's lobbying has already proved effective

  • in diluting the proposed review process.”

  • Basically, the screening process

  • originally would have allowed the EU

  • to block Chinese investments

  • that threatened national security

  • like CFIUS does in the United States.

  • But in the diluted version,

  • it merelyallows EU institutions

  • to give guidance.”

  • That's like the TSA changing

  • its airport screening policy to a suggestion.

  • We, uh, suggest that you take your laptop

  • out of your bag and walk through this metal detector

  • andand hey, hey!

  • Get back here, guys!

  • I was suggesting it for everyone's own good!”

  • I mean, I'd like fewer airport screenings too

  • unless I found out the group lobbying for it was ISIS.

  • So anyway,

  • the Chinese regime has made some progress

  • at weakening the power of the EU.

  • Some pro-EU politicians are worried

  • that Team 16 countries might use their

  • strong bilateral ties with China as leverage

  • with which to fight against Brussels.

  • And that has Sigmar Gabriel,

  • Germany's foreign minister, very concerned.

  • He says, “If we do not succeed

  • in developing a single strategy towards China,

  • then China will succeed in dividing Europe.”

  • If true, this is bad news for fans of

  • a strong, united Europe.

  • Especially as the Chinese regime

  • takes advantage of Brexit

  • to further weaken the EU.

  • Pro-EU enthusiasts see

  • long-lasting peace and prosperity

  • as a major benefit of unification

  • a benefit that's shared among friends.

  • But, when it comes to high-stakes politics,

  • it may be like former Governor of Texas

  • Ann Richards famously said:

  • In politics your enemies can't hurt you,

  • but your friends will kill you.”

  • Especially if your friends are the kind of people

  • who like buying soccer teams...

  • ...and torturing dissidents.

  • So what do you think about China's investment in Europe?

  • Is China building a winning team,

  • or just making sure when push comes to shove,

  • it's got someone to help them score?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Thanks for watching this episode of China Uncensored.

  • Once again I'm your host Chris Chappell,

  • see you next time.

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