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Global Europe 25-01-2021

South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge

A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea over the weekend to promote “freedom of the seas” at a time of US concern about China-Taiwan tensions and Beijing asserting its maritime agenda.
25-01-2021

US leading race in artificial intelligence, China rising, EU lagging: survey

The United States is leading rivals in development and use of artificial intelligence while China is rising quickly and European Union is lagging, a research report showed Monday (25 January).
Global Europe 21-01-2021

China imposes sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials including Pompeo

China’s move to sanction former Trump administration officials was “unproductive and cynical”, a spokeswoman for President Joe Biden’s National Security Council said on Wednesday (20 January), urging Americans from both parties to condemn the action.
14-01-2021

Hungary reaches deal to buy China’s Sinopharm vaccine

Hungary's government said it has reached a deal with China's Sinopharm to buy its coronavirus vaccine, the country's latest move to break away from Brussels as it tries to speed up inoculations to lift curbs on the economy.
14-01-2021

EU companies in China warned to ‘prepare for the worst’ in digital decoupling

Digital decoupling between China and the United States could severely impact EU businesses in China and they should "prepare for the worst" and may be forced into a costly separation of their international operations, European business groups said.
Coronavirus 13-01-2021

US Covid-19 deaths hit daily record as China rushes to contain outbreaks

The United States has endured its worst day of the pandemic, with three Americans dying every minute, as China took decisive steps on Wednesday (13 January) to stamp out a tiny coronavirus outbreak.
12-01-2021

UK condemns Chinese ‘barbarism’ against Uighur minority

Britain on Tuesday (12 January) accused China of human rights violations amounting to "barbarism" against its Uighur minority, as it announced new rules to ban imports of goods suspected of using forced labour.
Global Europe 08-01-2021

Power struggle leaves UN Human Rights Council without leader

Russia and China are opposed to a candidate seen as a staunch human rights defender to lead the UN rights body, diplomats say, creating a deadlock just as the US may seek to rejoin the forum it quit in 2018.
06-01-2021

Hong Kong arrests 53 for plot to ‘overthrow’ government in latest crackdown on dissent

Hong Kong police arrested 53 people in dawn raids on democracy activists in the biggest crackdown since China last year imposed a new security law which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony.
06-01-2021

Trump bars US transactions with eight Chinese apps including Alipay

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (5 January) signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, the White House said, escalating tensions with Beijing two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Coronavirus 05-01-2021

China doubles down on COVID narrative as WHO investigation looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts to shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began.
EU-China 05-01-2021

Ericsson worried about Chinese retaliation after Huawei ban

The head of Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson, Bjorn Ekholm, is worried about Chinese reprisals after Sweden banned Huawei from taking part in the rollout of 5G networks, he said Monday (4 January).
30-12-2020

US, EU urge release of Wuhan citizen journalist

The United States and European Union on Tuesday (29 December) demanded that China release a citizen journalist jailed for reports from Wuhan, with top US diplomat Mike Pompeo accusing Beijing of covering up Covid-19.
28-12-2020

China jails citizen-journalist for four years over Wuhan virus reporting

A Chinese court handed a four-year jail to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said.

US publishes black list of Chinese and Russian firms with military ties

The Trump administration on Monday (21 December) published a list of Chinese and Russian companies with alleged military ties that restrict them from buying a wide range of US goods and technology.
21-12-2020

EU urges China to free rights lawyers

The European Union on Monday (21 December) called for China to release jailed lawyer Li Yuhan and other human rights defenders, as the bloc closes in on a major investment pact with Beijing.
17-12-2020

WHO says Beijing welcomes COVID-19 investigators trip to China

Beijing will welcome an international team of COVID-19 investigators due to travel to China in January, said the World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the mission.
04-12-2020

Trump administration adds two big China companies to Defense blacklist

The Trump administration on Thursday (3 December) added China's top chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Global Europe 03-12-2020

United States toughens visa rules for ‘malign’ Chinese Communist Party members

US President Donald Trump’s administration has restricted travel to the United States by Chinese Communist Party members and their families, the New York Times newspaper reported on Thursday (3 December), a move China condemned as political oppression.
03-12-2020

China completes lunar sample collection ahead of schedule

China’s Chang’e-5 lunar vehicle has finished collecting samples of lunar rocks and soil more than a day ahead of schedule in the first lunar sample retrieval mission since the 1970s, the country’s space agency said on Thursday (3 December).
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2020

China edges past US as Europe’s top trade partner

China pushed past the United States in the third quarter to become the European Union's top trade partner, as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the US while Chinese activity rebounded.
24-11-2020

China calls launch a success as robotic spacecraft heads to moon

China hailed as a success its pre-dawn launch of a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon in the first bid by any country to retrieve lunar surface samples since the 1970s.

In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties

The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of US goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.
Economy & Jobs 17-11-2020

Biden says world democracies must unite on trade policy

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday (16 November) said the United States must join forces with other world democracies to present a united front in global trade policy as a counterweight to China.
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