EU officials declined to go into details about the measures, but two EU diplomats said they did not amount to formal sanctions on China, the bloc’s second-largest trading partner.
Instead, they entail extending the EU’s export ban on equipment that could be used for torture or repressive policing, such as spiked batons or rubber bullets, giving Hong Kong activists long-term refugee status in the bloc and supporting more opportunities for Hong Kong students to study in Europe.
Sweden is seeking the release of its citizen Gui Minhai, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail in February, accused by Beijing of illegally providing intelligence overseas.
Gui, a bookseller previously based in Hong Kong who sold books critical of China’s political leadership, was detained by mainland police in 2018. He was seized while with Swedish diplomats on a Beijing-bound train. (Reporting by Robin Emmott Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)