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Audi lays foundation stone for EV plant
Audi has begun construction of a new EV plant in the northeastern Chinese industrial metropolis of Changchun. The company has been present there since 1988 with a joint plant with FAW. Starting in 2024, up to 150,000 electric cars are to be built there annually for the Chinese market based on the PPE luxury platform […] continue reading →
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G7 and NATO Summits: It’s all about China
The G7 countries want to increase sanctions against Russia and continue to put new proposals on the table. But without China, they are largely ineffective. China will also be on the agenda at the NATO summit in Madrid. For the first time, the People's Republic will play a role in the defense alliance's Strategic Concept. continue reading →
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G7 create counter to Silk Road initiative
A whopping $600 billion – is the sum G7 countries have agreed on for a comprehensive investment program for developing countries in response to China’s Silk Road initiative and Beijing’s growing global influence. The amount will be “mobilized” over the next five years to fund infrastructure projects in developing countries, US President Joe Biden announced […] continue reading →
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‘China is out of step’
China's zero-Covid strategy has thrown global trade into disarray. The retail and consumer goods sectors, which sourced a large proportion of their goods from the People's Republic before the pandemic, have also been hit hard. The supply bottlenecks in the wake of the Shanghai lockdown have once again shown how great the dependency really is. This is likely to change in the long term, says entrepreneur Jan Philippi. The interview was conducted by Felix Lee. continue reading →
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Risk of bloc formation: BRICS versus G7
The German government wants to persuade the other member states at the G7 summit to refrain from pillorying China too much. The USA, in particular, sees things differently. The clash is predictable. Meanwhile, Xi Jinping is holding a counter-event with the BRICS summit, at which Vladimir Putin is welcome. continue reading →
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Xi warns NATO
In a speech before the start of the BRICS economic summit, China’s state and party leader Xi Jinping warned against an expansion of international military alliances. The Ukraine crisis was a “wake-up call,” he said, according to Chinese state media, but directed his criticism not at Russia’s war of aggression but at the United States […] continue reading →
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Brutal attack on women sparks outrage
Violence against women is also omnipresent in China, but often strongly tabooed. That now seems to be changing. A brutal attack on a group of women in a restaurant in the city of Tangshan, northeast of Beijing, has caused shock and outrage throughout the country. Video footage of the incident shows a man in the […] continue reading →
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‘Detach from dependencies, but not from China itself’
Russia's invasion of Ukraine also calls Germany's economic ties to China into question. Xi Jinping rules in a similar authoritarian manner to Putin. But decoupling from China would hurt the German economy more than Russia's. And so Achim Wambach argues for more free trade. The Head of the ZEW economic research institute explains why in today's interview conducted by Felix Lee. continue reading →
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UN Commissioner defends China visit
Critics feel vindicated: no progress on the human rights issue, independent media representatives were not allowed to accompany her on her trip to the Uyghur province of Xinjiang. Her visit provided the communist leadership with a propaganda success. There were even calls for her resignation. Now UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has defended herself. […] continue reading →
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