The Chinese Mission to the European Union on Friday urged the EU not to let ideologies and geopolitics hijack bilateral relations a day after the latter adopted a new EU-China strategy.

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted the new strategy that sees China as an “economic competitor” and a “systemic rival” in an increasing number of areas and calls for a more “assertive, comprehensive and consistent” EU-China strategy.

The spokesperson of the Chinese mission said China opposes the new strategy report, saying it makes unwarranted comments on China’s political, economic, social and foreign policies and criticizes China on issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan based on bias and lies.

“This constitutes a gross interference in China’s internal affairs and a violation of basic norms in international relations as well as the EU’s commitment on relevant issues. China is firmly opposed to it,” said the spokesperson.

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