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Ahead of CP Congress: Xi cleans up security apparatus
Xi Jinping eliminates several former security chiefs by sending them to prison. In this way, they become a cautionary tale for anyone who questions his power. He has seen the last remaining threats to his position in the inner circle of the police ministry. He wants to bring the apparatus completely under control by the time of the CP Congress. continue reading →
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Editorial 21.09.2022
The German economy’s biggest China debate is currently about the heated topic of decoupling from its major trading partner in the Far East. Some say that the Russia shock should not be followed by a double China shock. China remains the growth market par excellence – we have to stay on it, say others. Our […] continue reading →
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Beijing promotes the use of hydrogen
Beijing’s municipal government wants to popularize hydrogen as an energy source. As part of the 14th Five-Year Plan, a strategy paper lists several uses that the city will promote. These include the construction of hydrogen refueling stations for cars, buses, and trucks, as well as research funding for new technologies. The plan represents the regional […] continue reading →
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Allianz seeks partner for investment business
The Allianz Group is looking for partners among Chinese banks to build up a local investment division. In recent months, the subsidiary Allianz Global Investors has held talks with Industrial Bank and China CITIC Bank, among others. This was reported by Reuters. Unrelated to this, the financial house is also advancing plans to set up […] continue reading →
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Yangtze River dries up – electricity becomes scarce
The Yangtze River (Yangzi) is carrying less and less water due to the long drought (China.Table reported). The level in the region’s reservoirs also drops to historic lows. Large amounts of hydropower are usually produced at the dams. As a result, electrical power is becoming scarce in the major metropolis of Chongqing. Shopping malls in […] continue reading →
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Japan arms itself with missiles against China
The Japanese government plans to deploy more than 1,000 cruise missiles on offshore islands to the southwest of its own island chain off the Chinese coast, facing Taiwan. This was reported in unison on Sunday by Asahi, Yomiuri and Nikkei from government sources. Reportedly, the goal is to improve the ability to defend against enemy […] continue reading →
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Will Germany prohibit Cosco stake in Hamburg?
The German Federal Ministry of Economics apparently questions the participation of the Chinese shipping company Cosco in the Port of Hamburg. This is reported by the German newspaper Handelsblatt citing government circles. According to the report, an item to this effect is on the agenda of a meeting of the federal cabinet this Wednesday. Minister […] continue reading →
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Billionaire Xiao Jianhua sentenced
A Shanghai court sentenced Chinese-Canadian billionaire Xiao Jianhua to 13 years in prison on Friday. It also fined his company Tomorrow Holdings ¥55 billion (€8 billion). Xiao disappeared five years ago and is believed to have been in custody ever since. Xiao and Tomorrow Holdings were accused of embezzling investor money and state subsidies. The […] continue reading →
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Taiwan and USA head toward trade agreement
The situation surrounding Taiwan's status quo is not calming down. Starting next month, Taipei is holding formal trade talks with the US. The negotiations are primarily of political significance: True free trade is currently unthinkable for the US. However, a cooperation agreement would strengthen Taiwan's position as an independent player. continue reading →
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Critics end up in psychiatric ward
China’s authorities continue to admit critical minds to psychiatric hospitals on a large scale without any medical reasons. The Spanish human rights organization Safeguard Defenders has documented 99 cases of hospitalizations following expressions of opinion. Among them are many signatories of petitions who only used official channels to call for improvement of conditions and were […] continue reading →
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Clinical trials of another mRNA vaccine
Shanghai biotech Stemirna Therapeutics has begun a Phase 1 trial for its COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. The company has been working on the drug since spring 2021 (China.Table reported). Three other Chinese mRNA vaccines are already undergoing clinical trials. The hope now rests on the four vaccine candidates to break the country out of the lockdown […] continue reading →
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CATL builds large factory for batteries in Hungary
The location for battery market leader CATL’s next factory in Europe has been decided. The company from Ningde plans to invest €7.34 billion in the Hungarian city of Debrecen. The company also seeks to produce battery cells there. This is important because a large proportion of the cells have so far been supplied from the […] continue reading →
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A symbolic interest rate cut
Concerns about the economy have grown increasingly acute, which is why China's central bank is moderately cutting interest rates. However, experts consider the move largely symbolic, because the economy does not lack capital. Its target group was probably not so much the banks as the public. continue reading →
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Threats after end of maneuvers around Taiwan
The Chinese government is renewing its threats against its neighbor after the end of its extensive maneuvers around Taiwan (China.Table reported). Taiwan is only “hastening its demise” and pushing itself “into the abyss of disaster” by making common cause with “external factors,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. Any attempt to oppose China’s national interests […] continue reading →
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Covid in Hainan: tourists trapped
Following the detection of 129 new Covid infections on the South Sea island of Hainan on Saturday alone, authorities have cut off the provincial capital of Sanya from transport routes. Airlines are avoiding the city’s airport, and railway companies are no longer selling tickets. As a result, around 80,000 tourists are stranded on the seaside […] continue reading →
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Standards for sustainable bonds published
China has moved closer to international standards on sustainability criteria for the financial market. On Friday, the standardization council for green bonds presented a catalog of green investment labels, reports consulting agency Trivium China. Trivium analysts see this as a major step forward for the country’s plan to harness financial market mechanisms more for sustainable […] continue reading →
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Military exercise with uncertain end
The official timeframe of the military maneuvers around Taiwan has ended, but they have not yet been formally declared to be over. Overall, the feeling of uncertainty remained over the weekend: After sanctions against Nancy Pelosi, China broke off dialogue with the United States on several issues – including military and climate talks. German MPs now want to travel to Taiwan more than ever. continue reading →
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China tests reusable spacecraft
The Chinese space agency has launched an object into Earth orbit that it claims to be a reusable spacecraft. “The experimental spacecraft will return to a predefined landing position in China after its time in orbit,” Xinhua news agency writes. The mission is intended to test technical aspects of “reusable orbital shuttles”. Material recyclability is […] continue reading →
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