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EU Commission also takes targets products from Xinjiang
The EU Commission wants to ban the sale of products made from forced labor - and is already accepting verifiable evidence for this. And there is already plenty of evidence in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. However, it will still take some time before the ban is introduced. continue reading →
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12.09.2022_Edi
If a manufacturer does not need kilometer-long production lines, critical materials such as lithium or electrical parts for its products, you might quickly think that it would be easy to turn your back on China. Take software company SAP, for example. But it’s not that simple, as Clas Neumann, Vice President of SAP in Shanghai, […] continue reading →
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Confucius Institutes reopen in the US under new names
After pressure from multiple sides, the controversial Confucius Institutes began to close in the US in 2020. More than 100 of the language and cultural institutions officially ceased their work in recent years. Now, it seems, some of them are back – just with a new name and a new look. continue reading →
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Election in Italy: Favorites pursue clear anti-China approach
Italy scrutinizes Chinese investments comparatively strictly. Several Chinese projects have been stopped in recent years. After the parliamentary elections on September 25, however, this trend could intensify significantly. This is because the favored right-wing populist alliance around Giorgia Meloni opposes close ties with China. continue reading →
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Hainan bans cars with internal combustion engine from 2030
Hainan Island in the South China Sea plans to become the first region in China to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines. Sales will be banned by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while EVs will be promoted through tax breaks and the expansion of the charging network, according to an implementation […] continue reading →
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Taiwan’s exports shrink
Taiwan’s exports fell significantly last month. The main reason for the surprising decline was the falling demand from China and Hong Kong. The number of orders from there dropped by around 23 percent, Bloomberg reported, citing Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. A 6.9 percent year-on-year increase in exports to the United States failed to compensate […] continue reading →
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‘In Washington, the main focus is on anti-China policy’
The EU Parliament is officially still in its summer recess. For the start in September, Bernd Lange, Chair of the Committee on International Trade, has a packed to-do list: The EU supply chain law is taking shape, and the EU Commission's proposal for a marketing ban on products made with forced labor is expected. In December, the trade committee will travel to Taiwan. Amelie Richter and Till Hoppe spoke with Lange. continue reading →
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China sends soldiers to Russia for military drill
China will take part in a military maneuver in Russia. Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army are sent to Russia for the exercises jointly scheduled with Russia, India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and other countries, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. It stated the participation was not related to the current international and regional situation and […] continue reading →
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The Balts leave, Hungary remains loyal
The Baltic exit from China's Cooperation Initiative in Eastern and Central Europe became a reality last week. Latvia and Estonia followed Lithuania and announced their withdrawal from the 16+1 format. Is this the beginning of the end for the remaining 14+1 format? continue reading →
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After Taiwan visit: sanctions against EU minister
For the first time, Beijing has imposed sanctions on a single EU politician, Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Vaiciukevičiūtė trampled on the “one China principle” by visiting Taiwan, interfered in China’s internal affairs and undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The ministry did not provide further […] continue reading →
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WorldPride Taiwan 2025 has been canceled
Due to a dispute over the name of the event, the WorldPride Taiwan 2025 has been canceled. The LGBTIQ+ event will not take place in the city of Kaohsiung, the organizers in Taiwan announced. The background to the cancellation was that the umbrella organization InterPride refused to include the word “Taiwan” in the title of […] continue reading →
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‘Like a chicken talking to a duck’
Sometimes there really is something fishy with learning a language. You make a monkey out of yourself with reckless statements and then try to get the cow off the ice. Or you stand there like a dying duck in a thunderstorm during a conversation and wonder if all your hard work has been for nothing. […] continue reading →
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Estonia and Lithuania leave 16+1 format
Following Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia also left the so-called 16+1 format for cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) and China. “Estonia will continue to work towards constructive and pragmatic relations with China,” the Estonian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday. This includes “promoting EU-China relations in accordance with the rules-based international order and values […] continue reading →
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Czech Minister for Europe: China is not a reliable partner
The Czech Republic’s Europe Minister Mikuláš Bek has called for a tougher approach to Beijing. “Relations are complicated. It is unrealistic to believe that China can become a reliable partner for Europe,” Bek said in an interview with Europe.Table. He added that the European Union must be careful not to repeat the mistakes it made […] continue reading →
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Sinologists without China experience
A bachelor's degree in sinology takes an average of six semesters, or three years. Now the Covid pandemic also enters its third year. At the end of this summer semester, the first sinologists who have never set foot in the People's Republic will graduate. How are students handling this? continue reading →
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‘Universities are not prepared for cooperation with China’
The Chinese military benefits from research cooperation between Europe and China. European universities collaborate with partners in Xinjiang. Matej Šimalčík of the think tank CEIAS and his team have taken a closer look at the ties between European and Chinese research institutions and uncovered some alarming findings. German universities fare particularly poorly. The interview was conducted by Amelie Richter. continue reading →
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Report: SMIC makes significant progress
China’s semiconductor manufacturer SMIC has made substantial progress in domestic semiconductor production despite US sanctions, according to an industry report. Reportedly, SMIC has been shipping its first 7 nm chips since last year. Although these are primarily used for niche products, they show that the People’s Republic semiconductor production is already more advanced than expected, […] continue reading →
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Michael Clauß – Germany’s China expert in Brussels
It’s nine in the morning, but Michael Clauß kindly declines a cup of coffee. He already had two breakfast appointments, says the German EU ambassador, so his caffeine needs are covered. The next appointment is already scheduled, and it will take Clauß to the so-called confessional. The cabinet of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen […] continue reading →
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