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All articles by Finn Mayer-Kuckuk

Baerbock talks with Wang Yi
First contact between top diplomats: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock met with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi via video conference on Thursday. Baerbock and Wang assured each other that their countries’ cooperation should be based on international law. Coordination between China and Germany would be important in dealing with numerous crises. The German version also […] continue reading →
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Paul Harris – defender of the ‘Right to Demonstrate’
For Paul Harris, an explosive term ends in January 2022. “I will try to protect freedom in Hong Kong. I don’t know if I will succeed,” he had told the British newspaper The Times when he was elected chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association for a year in early 2021. He was aware that […] continue reading →
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An anti-corruption TV show captivates the nation
Xi Jinping has unleashed a new wave of anti-corruption crackdowns. The usual ideological embellishment has now received a pop-culture aspect. The public can gorge itself on spectacular criminal cases of greed and bribery in the form of a TV show. This legitimizes purges and thus bolsters the party's power. continue reading →
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Greenpeace: automakers need to change faster
The Chinese automotive industry could miss the government’s target of achieving climate neutrality by 2060. The environmental organization Greenpeace warned about this development in a report on Tuesday. Although manufacturers are well on track with their current course to reach a peak in emissions in 2027, the cutback in sales of combustion engine vehicles is […] continue reading →
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Covid infections: spread through US packages?
Chinese authorities believe that several people infected themselves with Covid over packages sent from the United States. The first individuals who tested positive for Omicron in Beijing and Shenzhen had contact with foreign mail, state media report. The first Omicron case was registered in Shenzhen on Sunday. The gene sequences are said to correspond to […] continue reading →
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State banks aid ailing real estate giants
In the crisis surrounding Chinese real estate group Evergrande, Beijing’s leadership is showing signs of easing tensions and sending state-owned companies to the rescue. The state-controlled Shanghai Pudong Development Bank announced a ¥5 billion (€690 million) bond for construction projects on Tuesday. Experts expected other financial institutions to follow suit, putting real estate financing on […] continue reading →
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Decoupling is reflected in statistics
Given the current geopolitical situation and domestic sentiments in the US as well as China, technological decoupling between the two powers is progressing. While hard barriers for technology exchange like export and investment controls capture the media headlines, research cooperation between the US and China has also been heavily affected by the increasingly antagonistic relationship. One of the results is decreasing bilateral research funding and increasing scrutiny on scientific exchange.​ continue reading →
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China’s economy: high growth with great concerns
The Chinese economy is under pressure from multiple fronts – as the latest statistics show. Pandemic and real estate woes have weakened growth at the beginning of the year. However, the balance sheet for the past year is impressive. continue reading →
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Media and medical experts bring fourth jab into play
In the wake of the current Covid outbreak in the city of Tianjin, China’s media is increasingly talking about the need for one or more booster vaccinations. On state broadcaster CCTV on Saturday, infectiologist Zhang Wenhong explained the need for a third vaccination. This would also be a decisive factor in preventing severe illness with […] continue reading →
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