- Tense atmosphere in Alaska
- Frigates to the Far East: Western strategies for the Indo-Pacific
- Record number of IPOs in Hong Kong
- China begins trial of detained Canadians
- Chips: SMIC plans billion-dollar factory investment
- Johnny Erling: Hi, Mom – China’s Golden Eighties
The verbal saber-rattling ahead of the US-China talks in Alaska was high. As recently as Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken again accused Beijing of undermining human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong with “coercion and aggression.” Beijing, in turn, admonished the Biden administration not to interfere in China’s internal affairs. Frank Sieren has the details on how the talks went.
In the South China Sea, however, the saber rattling is no longer just verbal. France held manoeuvres there in early 2021. Germany and the UK are also planning to increase their presence on the ground in order to contain China. Christiane Kühl shows how this fits into Germany’s Indo-Pacific strategy. The EU has also announced a strategy for the region in April.
It may come as a surprise given the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2020 was a boom year on the Hong Kong stock exchange. More than $50 billion was raised in 154 IPOs. The US-China trade war and a new US law also play a role. Gregor Koppenburg and Jörn Petring have the background.
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