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Indonesia’s most difficult partner
China is Indonesia's most important business partner. At the same time, Jakarta is defending itself against Beijing's aggressive actions in disputed waters. With its many raw materials, the emerging country becomes more important for China. It is a complicated relationship. continue reading →
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Between the USA and China: Marcos Jr. seeks balance
The Philippines is seeking a balance between its partners the USA and China. Conflicts with Beijing over maritime territories have dominated relations in recent times. But the new President Marcos Jr. is trying to find a way to more cooperation. To this end, he traveled to Beijing this week. continue reading →
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China’s inglorious role at COP27
China knows that it must do more to protect the climate. But it continues to struggle to make international commitments. The COP negotiators will have to work on this until the next COP in Dubai. continue reading →
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State of commissions: how Xi Jinping rules
In his first ten years in office, Xi Jinping built a network of party commissions and working groups with which he manages the government's work. The party thus further strengthens its control over the state. continue reading →
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Feisty foreign policy
When Olaf Scholz will hold talks in Beijing, things will be tougher for him than for his predecessors. China's understanding of foreign policy has changed. It sees itself as the spearhead of a new global balance of power. Its partners are also feeling this. continue reading →
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Where is Hu?
At the end of the Party Congress, former General Secretary Hu Jintao was escorted out of the hall. No public statements have been made since. So a debate rages: Is Hu ill or suffering from dementia? Or did Xi demonstratively have his ill-favored predecessor and his supporters publicly eliminated? continue reading →
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Xi’s loyalist Politburo
The CP's power center, the Politburo Standing Committee, is now staffed exclusively by Xi loyalists. The final day was overshadowed by an incident surrounding the 79-year-old former Party leader Hu Jintao: The frail-looking Hu was escorted out of the hall shortly after the start of the meeting – for unknown reasons. continue reading →
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CP Congress: who will move up – who must go?
Xi Jinping will be elected as the CP leader for the third time at the upcoming congress, that much seems certain. But below the General Secretary, there is a struggle for positions: A generational change is imminent, which could also allow insights into the CP's internal power structure. continue reading →
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EU companies lose optimism
The China euphoria of earlier years has given way to great skepticism. Among European companies, there is now a sense of China fatigue in the face of never-ending Zero-Covid measures, which sparked a whole series of economic problems. A new position paper of the EU Chamber in China makes this obvious. continue reading →
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Food from all over the world
China is unable to feed itself. Farmland is scarce, and this year's drought and heat are destroying parts of the grain harvest. But Chinese corporations have been investing in global food supply chains for years. With consequences for global market prices. continue reading →
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CP Congresses: From consensus to the era of Xi
The party congresses of China's Communists are a forum for socialist grandeur, the forcing through of ideologies. In recent decades, they also stood for an orderly transfer of power. That no longer applies. At the upcoming 20th CP Congress, President Xi Jinping will be elected Chairman for another five years. continue reading →
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How important is the median line in the Taiwan Strait?
The so-called median line between Mainland China and Taiwan was previously considered an unofficial border and respected by both parties to the conflict. But since Pelosi's visit, Beijing has sent more and more warships on provocative practice runs across the median line. The risk of an accidental escalation is growing. continue reading →
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Opinions on One-China principle collide
Hardly any political statement on Taiwan can do without the One-China principle. But all parties to the conflict understand it differently. Most recently, China has successfully continued to impose its interpretation on the United Nations. continue reading →
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Hesitant in Afghanistan
After the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, many expected China to fill the vacuum. Large investments in the country, which had fallen back to the Taliban, were predicted. One year later, there is little evidence of this: China has been acting very cautiously and has so far been active only on a limited scale. continue reading →
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A gigantic tunnel just for water
The world's longest tunnel is supposed to be the answer to the persistent water shortage in northern China. In the future, engineers plan to divert water from the middle reaches of the Yangtze River into the controversial canal system that has supplied the Chinese capital with drinking water for years. continue reading →
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China’s perspective: The limit of the tolerable has been crossed
Why is China reacting so harshly to Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan? Among other things, Beijing sees it as a paradigm shift on the part of the US: The historic one-China principle is being deliberately softened. The two sides are thus accusing each other of softening the status quo on the Taiwan Strait. continue reading →
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Pelosi’s trip also drags neighboring states into the Taiwan conflict
The repercussions of Pelosi's trip not only affect China and Taiwan, but also all other neighboring countries. Above all, Japan finds itself in the conflict zone. The ASEAN states criticize both China and the trip of the US politician. continue reading →
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Fighter jets and maneuvers at Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan
A historic moment in the US-Taiwan-China triangle: Nancy Pelosi, one of the highest-ranking US politicians, visits Taipei. China's reaction turned out to be far more cautious than the sharp rhetoric beforehand had suggested. However, this does not mean that the USA has scored a 1:0 victory for Team Taiwan. continue reading →
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