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‘There is a lot to learn from the actions of the Lithuanian government’
The Lithuania drama continues: Germany's Ministry of Economics pledges support to the Baltic country, while Taiwan ramps up economic aid. Swedish analyst Viking Bohman has taken a close look at China's strategy of economic pressure. Although he sees Beijing's harsh measures as counterproductive to its own interests, they can still inflict massive damage on the EU. Amelie Richter spoke with Bohmann. continue reading →
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Europe’s Global Gateway needs more than just money
The European Union plans to launch the first projects of its Global Gateway infrastructure initiative in mid-2022. However, many details of Europe's counterpart to the Chinese Silk Road are still open. Nevertheless, the German economy is confident about the project. continue reading →
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Beijing supports action in Kazakhstan
Beijing has expressed its support for Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s violent crackdown on protesters. President Xi Jinping specifically praised the Kazakh leader for his response to protests in Kazakhstan. “showing your position of responsibility and sense of duty as a politician, and of being highly responsible for your country and your people,” Xi wrote to […] continue reading →
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Trade dispute: German State-Secretary travels to Vilnius
According to media reports, Germany is now getting involved in the trade conflict between Lithuania and China. Franziska Brantner, State-Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Economics, is planning to travel to Vilnius this week to discuss problems for German and Lithuanian companies arising from the Chinese trade blockade. The Green politician will meet representatives […] continue reading →
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Property tax plans delayed by real estate crisis
The planned introduction of a nationwide property tax may be postponed due to turmoil in China’s real estate market, according to an analyst close to the government. “Now may not be an appropriate time to launch the trials as the economy and the real estate market are both under pressure,” Bloomberg quotes Liu Jianwen, a […] continue reading →
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Lithuania’s president: ‘Taiwan office’ was a mistake
In the trade dispute with China, Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda has openly criticized his own government for opening a “Taiwan office” in Vilnius. Opening the Taiwanese trade representation under that name was a mistake, Nausėda said in an interview with radio station Žinių Radijas on Tuesday. While both Lithuania and Taiwan could open representative offices […] continue reading →
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Tesla criticized for car dealership in Xinjiang
Electric car manufacturer Tesla is facing criticism for opening a showroom in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The US company announced the opening last week on the Chinese short message service Weibo. Human rights organizations and politicians from the US and Europe accused the company and its founder Elon Musk of a lack of sensitivity. […] continue reading →
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Diplomat warns Berlin about ‘Taiwan office’
The trade dispute between Lithuania and China remains unresolved in the new year. The Lithuanian government is therefore considering an aid package of up to €130 million to support companies affected by the Chinese tariff blockade. Six million euros have initially been allocated to the companies by the European Regional Development Fund, Lithuania’s Finance Minister […] continue reading →
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France’s EU Presidency cannot get past China
The trade dispute between Lithuania and China remains unresolved. This now inadvertently pushes the relationship between Brussels and Beijing onto the agenda of the French EU Council presidency. As far as foreign policy is concerned, Paris is focusing on the Indo-Pacific. And there is yet more to come for EU-China relations. continue reading →
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