The EU has urged China to clamp down on the sale of inflatable dinghies which are falling into the hands of smuggling gangs and used to carry migrants on treacherous sea journeys to Europe.
About 1.4 million refugees and migrants have made their way to Europe since 2015 many fleeing Syria's bloody civil war in the biggest wave of migration the continent has seen since World War Two.
Thousands have died often while attempting to cross the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas in flimsy rubber boats.
Speaking at a press conference today Dimitris Avramopoulos the EU commissioner for migration home affairs and citizenship said: 'China can help and support the EU in its fight against migrant smugglers.'
He added: 'The rubber boats used by smuggler networks in the Mediterranean are fabricated somewhere in China.
'I requested the support and cooperation from the Chinese authorities in order to track down this business and dismantle it because what they produce is not serving the common good of the country.
That explains why so many sink
Are EU politician's really that stupid. Their comment beggars belief. Has someone been at the scotch again?