- Chinese diplomats attack protesters
- EU increasingly sees China as a competitor
- Economic figures delayed
- Apple will not buy Chinese chips
- Coal production to be stepped up
- Evacuations from Ukraine
- Opinion: China’s ‘middle’ stance in the Ukraine war
- Typhoon Nesat could hit Hong Kong
A news report from Monday shows just how much the current Communist Party Congress is affecting other things in China: At the start of the week, the National Bureau of Statistics unexpectedly postponed the publication of the latest economic figures. The figures include gross domestic product, industrial production, retail sales and the unemployment rate. Read in our News section what role the Party Congress plays in this.
Meanwhile, an appalling incident occurred in Manchester. Employees of the Chinese consulate violently attacked peaceful protesters from Hong Kong. Marcel Grzanna has taken a closer look at the background – and uncovers shocking details: China’s diplomats deliberately stir up fear among Hong Kong exiles. In some countries, Chinese police units are even active. Including in Germany.
EU foreign ministers in Brussels are looking for a suitable response to China’s growing influence in the world. Amelie Richter took a look at the meeting surrounding the EU’s China strategy and spotted a clear trend: Brussels clearly steers towards increasing confrontation with Beijing. Especially the assessment of the European External Action Service leaves no room for doubt.
And finally, I would like to draw your attention to today’s guest article by Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik. In it, the sinologist from the University of Vienna analyzes China’s position in the Ukraine war and comes to the conclusion that Beijing firmly takes the middle position. But the time to act has not yet come for Beijing.
China’s long arm strikes in Manchester
Activists and British politicians have called for a full investigation into a violent attack by Chinese consulate staff at a protest in Manchester. Hong Kong protesters had unfurled posters and shouted slogans outside the building on Sunday in protest against Communist Party rule. In parallel, the 20th Communist Party Congress started in Beijing.
Videos posted on social media show several men grabbing a banner mocking China’s President Xi Jinping and dragging one of the protesters into the consulate grounds, where they kicked and punched him, all in front of several local police officers. The scene only quieted down after British police officers dragged the man, who was lying on the ground, from the consulate grounds back onto the public street.
The escalation worries Hong Kong activists around the globe. Ray Wong, the founder of the association Freiheit für Hongkong (Freedom for Hong Kong), demands that “those thugs hiding in the Chinese Consulate must be arrested and punished!” The group’s protest, he says, was loud but within the bounds of civil liberties before Chinese diplomats began using force.