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China’s Xi to Merkel: EU should make an independent judgement on China

China’s Xi to Merkel: EU should make an independent judgement on China

The Chinese president signalled Beijing’s unease over closer EU-US ties under President Joe Biden.The European Union should "make the right judgment independently" on its stance toward China amid deepening coordination on policy with the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday."At present, China-EU relations are facing new development opportunities, but also different challenges," Xi said, according to state-run CCTV broadcaster. "China's development is an opportunity for the EU. We hope the EU can make the right judgment...

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Stuart Lau
Apr 7
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EU deal cements China’s advantage in media war

EU deal cements China’s advantage in media war

Beijing has closed its market to European media investors, while EU keeps doors open to Chinese propagandists.Despite growing concerns about Chinese and in Europe, the EU's trade deal with Beijing makes no attempt to rectify the stark differences in access rights between European and Chinese investors when it comes to media and news operations.Texts of the EU's investment deal with China were published on Friday and show Beijing has used the opportunity to set in stone draconian restrictions on foreign investment in news media and the entertainment industry, even specifying that foreign...

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Mar 13
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Fears over China’s Muslim forced labor loom over EU solar power

Fears over China’s Muslim forced labor loom over EU solar power

Panels include components produced in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, where there are concerns about forced labor camps for Muslim minorities, including Uighurs.Press play to listen to this articleVoiced byNearly every solar power panel sold in the European Union has its origins in China’s .The solar industry and Brussels lawmakers argue Europe’s renewable energy push should not come at a human cost amid long-standing international concern over reports China has with Muslim backgrounds in camps in Xinjiang and is putting them to work.“Everybody knows what’s going on in China, and when...

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China’s Eastern Europe strategy gets the cold shoulder

China’s Eastern Europe strategy gets the cold shoulder

Leaders from six countries didn’t show up in a stinging loss of face for Xi Jinping.Press play to listen to this articleVoiced byChina’s tactics in Eastern Europe are running into trouble. The "17+1" platform created by Beijing in 2012 to build ties with 17 Central and Eastern European countries looked decidedly like the 11+1 on Tuesday, when half of the 12 EU national leaders invited to the club failed to show up to pay homage to Chinese President Xi Jinping.It's a stinging diplomatic setback for Xi, who had a first class “divide and rule” card to play by offering to double China’s food...

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Stuart Lau
Feb 9
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Merkel sides with Xi on avoiding Cold War blocs

Merkel sides with Xi on avoiding Cold War blocs

The German chancellor shows wariness toward the creation of contending factions.German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday rejected calls for Europe to pick sides between the U.S. and China, in a nod to the plea made by Chinese President Xi Jinping a day earlier.While the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is looking to group together democracies to contain China, Merkel was pointedly wary about the formation of factions.“I would very much wish to avoid the building of blocs,” Merkel told the Davos World Economic Forum. “I don’t think it would do justice to many societies if we were...

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EU won’t follow Trump into a trade war over Hong Kong

EU won’t follow Trump into a trade war over Hong Kong

Over recent days, protesters in Hong Kong have poured onto the streets and clashed with security forces | Isaac Lawrence/AFP via Getty ImagesThis story is jointly produced by POLITICO and the South China Morning Post, with reporting from Brussels, Paris and Hong Kong.European leaders are in no mood to follow the U.S. in threatening trade sanctions against Beijing as it moves to tighten its grip on Hong Kong.Despite growing tensions over the former British colony, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful politician, insists she still wants the EU to reach a landmark investment...

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Stuart Lau
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