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Bought, robbed, given, extorted or looted?
Provenance research is dedicated to the question of how art pieces from other parts of the world arrived in the colonial states. In Berlin, China slowly shifts into focus. The reason for this is that German soldiers stole numerous valuable pieces of art during the Boxer Rebellion. A team of seven German museums, in cooperation with Shanghai University, wants to clarify their origin and whereabouts. continue reading →
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05.08.22_Editorial_
The automotive industry is undergoing one of the greatest upheavals in its history. The end of the combustion engine in 2035 is virtually inevitable. However, around half of the jobs in the German automotive industry still depend on the combustion engine. The fear of having to do without the Chinese market at this critical time […] continue reading →
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China plans debt relief in Africa
China plans to write off debt to African nations. According to a Bloomberg report, the People’s Republic wants to forgo 23 interest-free loans to 17 African countries and redirect tens of billions of dollars in reserves from the International Monetary Fund to nations on the continent. Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced debt cuts at a […] continue reading →
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Central bank cuts interest rates again
China’s central bank plans to help the struggling economy, which has been hit by the real estate and Covid crises, with another interest rate cut. The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was cut by 5 points to 3.65 percent on Monday, according to a Reuters report. The key rate for five-year loans fell by 15 […] continue reading →
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Another US delegation arrives in Taiwan
Amid growing tensions with China, Taiwan has welcomed another delegation of high-ranking politicians. The group led by Eric J. Holcomb, governor of the US state of Indiana, met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Monday. “I’m committed to building an economy of the future with these global partners who are helping propel Indiana forward […] continue reading →
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Hong Kong activists plead guilty
According to local authorities in Hong Kong, 29 of the 47 pro-democracy activists charged with “conspiracy and subversion” under the National Security Act have pleaded guilty. Among them are well-known political leaders such as Joshua Wong and Benny Tai. Eighteen other defendants pleaded not guilty. It is still unclear what sentence the Hong Kong High […] continue reading →
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16 dead after floods in Qinghai
As a result of heavy flooding, 16 people have died in the western Chinese province of Qinghai, state media reported Thursday. Another 36 are missing. Heavy rains had surprised the autonomous county Datong late Wednesday. In the mountains, the water masses caused landslides. More than 6,200 people were affected by the floods. Datong is mainly […] continue reading →
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More growth: Li Keqiang obliges provinces
Li Keqiang admitted during a speech in Shenzhen that China is facing significant economic challenges. In the second quarter, the country had to fight “shocks beyond expectations,” China’s premier said at a meeting with local government representatives in the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen. “Now is the most critical moment for economic recovery,” Li added. […] continue reading →
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H&M returns to Tmall
After more than a year of boycott, H&M is once again allowed to sell products on the Chinese e-commerce platform Tmall. The Swedish textile retailer, which has a good 14 million subscribers on Tmall, had been removed from Tmall and other online retail sites in March 2021 due to critical statements about the origin of […] continue reading →
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Tech giants disclose algorithms
This week, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) published for the first time a list of details and functionalities of algorithms used in the apps of large Internet corporations such as Tencent, Alibaba, Meituan and ByteDance. In doing so, China’s Internet regulator aims to allow users deeper insight and self-determination and “promote healthy development of […] continue reading →
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Hong Kong activist Samuel Chu: ‘I have taken the movement to the White House’
Samuel Chu is one of the last activists of the Hong Kong democracy movement with direct political influence. In the US Congress, his political work has even been so successful that Hong Kong authorities issued an arrest warrant against him based on the National Security Act – the first one ever issued against a US citizen. Chu's new goal: Bringing the Tiananmen artwork "Pillar Of Shame" to Berlin and committing the protest movement to long-term strategies. Fabian Peltsch spoke with Samuel Chu. continue reading →
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Filmmaker C.B. Yi – ‘China’s male sex workers are unsung heroes’
Family gathering in the Chinese province. Five men are seated around a table, slightly drunk, waiting for their wives to serve the next dishes. With shot glasses at the ready, they question the youngest: “Fei, do you have a girlfriend yet? Your father has been waiting for a grandchild for a long time,” says one […] continue reading →
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India wants to ban cheap smartphones from China
According to a report by Bloomberg, smartphone manufacturers will no longer be allowed to offer their devices in India for less than Rs12,000 – the equivalent of € 147,00. The Chinese brand Xiaomi, which is the market leader in India with a market share of over 20 percent, would be particularly affected by the government’s […] continue reading →
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Wu’er Kaixi – the dissident who inspires Pelosi
Before Nancy Pelosi flew from Taiwan to South Korea on Wednesday afternoon, she met with three high-profile human rights and democracy activists behind closed doors in Taipei: Lam Wing-kee, a Hong Kong bookseller who was forced to flee to the island in 2019 due to his political publications; Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese NGO worker who […] continue reading →
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Signs of new nuclear tests in Xinjiang
China has apparently expanded its nuclear testing facilities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang. This is indicated by satellite images published earlier this week by the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asia and evaluated in cooperation with nuclear experts. According to the report, extensive covers have been erected on a mountainside at China’s Lop Nur nuclear weapons […] continue reading →
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‘The pressure on Taiwan is increasing’
With his novels, bestselling author Stephan Thome wants to open the horizons of German readers to China and Taiwan. "If you want to tell something substantial about these countries, two years of residence and a few language skills are not enough," says the sinologist, who has now lived in Taiwan for 12 years. A conversation about fear of war, cultural appropriation and best-case scenarios for an island constantly overshadowed by a looming Chinese invasion. Fabian Peltsch spoke with Thome. continue reading →
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Rocket debris falls towards Earth
The remains of a Chinese launch vehicle will hit Earth this weekend during an uncontrolled re-entry into the atmosphere. It is still unclear exactly when and where the pieces will hit Earth. The Long March 5B rocket had launched Sunday to deliver a laboratory module to a new Chinese space station currently under construction in […] continue reading →
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Investigation launched against industry minister Xiao
Xiao Yaqing, the Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), is under investigation for “violations of discipline and law“. Chinese state media reported this on Thursday, without giving details. The MIIT is responsible for overseeing and developing high-tech sectors in China, overseeing a large part of the Chinese economy, including telecommunications, semiconductors, electric vehicles and […] continue reading →
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