- The long arm of China’s police
- Elmos sale stirs up fears
- Climate policy during Xi’s third term in office
- Events for the coming week
- New lockdowns
- Dramatic situation at Foxconn plant
- Beijing wants ‘peaceful coexistence’ with US
- C919 in service starting December
- Johnny Erling on Xi’s fear of free questions
The case of two illegal Chinese police stations in the Netherlands and the recent attack of an embassy employee in Manchester show: Regime-critical Chinese are also being harassed in Europe. China is said to operate at least 54 overseas police stations in 30 countries. The Chinese security agencies probably also have embassy staff or overseas students on their payroll. In his analysis, Marcel Grzanna reports, among others, about a Chinese documentary filmmaker who lives in Germany and has to deal with intimidation on a regular basis. The German police cannot help him – as long as no crime has been committed, they are powerless.
But the German state is not powerless regarding investments in critical infrastructure or companies. At least in theory. After the chancellor got his way in the Cosco debacle and made the deal possible, the attention of the media and public has been sharpened. That is how the next case comes into focus: The takeover of a factory of the Dortmund chip manufacturer Elmos by Chinese investors. But there are important differences, explains Finn Mayer-Kuckuk.
If China were to make the unconditional decision to go full steam ahead with climate protection – it would be a huge win for the world. Soon, technologies would be mass-produced and become cheaper. Emissions would be significantly reduced. At first glance, Xi’s climate policy to date appears positive. This is also because climate protection and adaptation to climate change are important factors in the Communist Party’s retention of power. But one should not overestimate Xi’s ambitions. After all, there are also many setbacks, as Nico Beckert illuminates in his climate analysis of Xi’s third term in office.
It is unthinkable today, but there was a time when China’s leaders gave extensive interviews. Behind the walls of Beijing’s Zhongnanhai power center, then-head of state and government Jiang Zemin gave an interview. The interview was conducted by then Welt correspondent and now China.Table columnist Johnny Erling. He dug out exciting video interviews and anecdotes. His conclusion: In the era of Xi Jinping, well-planned staging is everything.
Illegal hunt for dissidents
Yang Weidong had plenty to do with the Chinese police in his past. As a documentary filmmaker, he became known for a series of hundreds of interviews that critically examined China’s political and social development. The project increasingly brought him into the focus of the security authorities.
This was nothing new for him. Even after his mother, Ph.D. Xue Yinxian, spilled the beans about doping practices in Chinese sports, the family had to get used to regular visits from the police. For example, in 2007, a year before the Beijing Olympics. Officials warned his mother not to talk about doping in China. A scuffle ensued, during which his father fell on his head and died three months later.
Mother, son, and his wife have been living in Germany for several years. In October 2017, they were granted political asylum. Nevertheless, Yang Weidong still has the Chinese security forces breathing down his neck. Not directly, but through employees of the embassy or consulates, or even through Chinese students abroad. Yang recalls that his wife and he were once closely harassed by young Chinese who told him they knew where he lived.