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Researchers work on mind-reading
Chinese researchers have unveiled a helmet that can interpret brainwaves so accurately that conclusions can be drawn about the just consumed content, such as pornography. The technology potentially offers new possibilities for political surveillance. continue reading →
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EU, China, USA – who will be the first to exit the crisis?
Covid and the Ukraine war have left deep scars on the global economy. The US economy is in a slight recession. In the EU, growth is still over 2.5 percent, but there are also signs of a downturn. By comparison, China is in a much better position. A stocktaking. continue reading →
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Criticism of Pelosi visit
Nancy Pelosi did not only receive approval for her Taiwan visit. There was criticism, especially from Asia, but also from other parts of the world. The accusation was that the speaker of the US House of Representatives had shaken geopolitical stability out of self-interest. Partly because nationalism is on the rise in China, Beijing could feel compelled to make amends for letting Pelosi have her way. continue reading →
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Hainan Expo: promises for the future – without German interest
The country presentations at the Consumer Products Hainan Expo show the status of German-Chinese relations – and how other countries deal with China. German exhibitors are not even mentioned by the exhibition and are only active on the sidelines. France, on the other hand, is the guest of honor. continue reading →
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Large private companies grow faster than the public sector
The government crackdown on privately owned companies and industries cannot stop the advance of China's private sector, a study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) shows. On the contrary, China's largest private companies are growing faster than their state-owned counterparts. However, the influence exerted by party cells within private companies is problematic. continue reading →
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Sri Lanka and China’s alleged debt trap
After the riots over the weekend, Sri Lanka's government will resign. Many observers blame China for the South Asian country's biggest economic crisis. But this is not true. Even the accusation that Beijing has wrested its most important port from Sri Lanka is proving untenable. continue reading →
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BRICS seek consensus, G7 grits its teeth
A review of the final declarations of both summits shows: The G7 believe they can define and enforce the rules for coexistence on the planet. The BRICS, consisting of the five largest emerging economies, on the other hand, are opting for conciliatory notes. The BRICS' commitment is also well received by many other countries. continue reading →
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The US courts China – while the EU pouts
While Washington attempts to establish contact with China on many levels, Brussels is not really willing to talk to Beijing. Not even when the Chinese security advisor or the minister of defense are already in Europe for other meetings. This threatens to put the EU out of touch. Even within Europe, resentment is stirring. continue reading →
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Government promotes battery swap as alternative to charging
Beijing is increasingly relying on battery swaps for EVs. Manufacturers continue to rapidly expand their station networks and receive subsidies for it. The main reason for the promotion: The price of an EV becomes significantly cheaper because customers merely rent the battery instead of having to pay for it upon purchase. continue reading →
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