A Greek foreign ministry official said Athens blocked the statement, calling it "unconstructive criticism of China" and said separate EU talks with China outside the U.N. were a better avenue for discussions. An EU official confirmed the statement had been blocked. Presented three times a year, the statement gives the EU a way to highlight abuses by states around the world on issues that other countries are unwilling to raise. The impasse is the latest blow to the EU's credentials as a defender of human rights, three diplomats said, and raises questions about the economically powerful EU's "soft power" that relies on inspiring countries to follow its example by outlawing the death penalty and upholding press freedoms. It also underscores the EU's awkward ties with China, its second-largest trade partner, diplomats said. Brussels has welcomed Beijing as an ally against U.S. President Donald Trump in the fight against climate change and trade protectionism. But as business ties grow, the bloc is struggling to speak out against a Chinese government crackdown on human rights lawyers and other activists since 2015. China's COSCO Shipping, owner of the world's fourth-largest container fleet, took a 51 percent stake in Greece's largest port last year.
CristaSeya’s New Collection Is What Insanely Cool Summertime Style Looks Like You may not be familiar with CristaSeya. It’s not a new brand, having launched back in 2013, but it has managed to stay under the radar, thanks to the ethos of its brilliant founder Cristina Casini. She takes a thoughtful, quiet approach to retail, choosing to release sporadic “editions” instead of fashion collections, and she offers a curated range of objects that includes art, photography, and furnishings. Given this careful business model, it’s a bit surprising that Casini has decided to launch e-commerce , along with an incredible new range of insanely covetable modern summertime separates called #08 Anaphi. “It was a hard decision,” Casini explains. “We are against mass and fast consumerism, but we have tried to create a discreet online shop, one that won’t be conventional—it’s temporary and will be open for special projects and limited capsules.” The 12 featured pieces are available from today through June 18; they range in price from around $364 to $784 and include lightweight shirting, knitwear, dresses, and trousers in blue and white stripes, light camel, and more colors. “Anaphi was inspired by the Greek island of the same name,” Casini says. “It’s where I love to travel on holiday and there is something magical there—a feeling of freedom in this wild, tiny island which I wanted to share.” And now she can with the new online platform. “This will give people the ability to buy CristaSeya even if they aren’t available to come to our atelier in Paris,” Casini adds.
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