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Central Asia 19-09-2018

Mogherini unveils EU response to New Silk Road

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini announced on Wednesday (19 September) the Commission’s vision on how to better connect Europe and Asia, in what appears to be a reply to China’s Belt and Road initiative, and also an effort to prepare the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in October.
Central Asia 19-09-2018

EU counters China’s Silk Road Initiative

Today’s adoption by the European Commission of a new ‘Connectivity Strategy’ linking Europe and Asia throws down the gauntlet to an increasingly assertive China, writes Bart Broer.
Central Asia 13-09-2018

TRACECA could have been the backbone of Belt and Road

In the early 1990’s, the EU had actually paved the way for Euro-Asian connectivity programmes with TRACECA, a programme meant to promote regional transport dialogue. However, its attention to the initiative dwindled over the years, writes Nicola Contessi.
Global Europe 12-09-2018

Juncker paints ‘big picture’ of EU’s global role

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stayed away from major legislative proposals in his annual address to Parliament, preferring to focus on the “big picture” of how the EU can assert its power in a hostile international environment.
Future EU 12-09-2018

Juncker to propose breaking dollar’s dominance in global markets

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to propose today (12 September) a bigger role for the euro in international markets and more efficient decision-making in EU foreign policy in his state of the union speech, European diplomats said.
Development Policy 05-09-2018

China pledges $60 billion to Africa, fends off accusations of setting a debt trap

China is helping Africa develop, not pile up debt, a top Chinese official said on Tuesday (4 September), as the government pushes back against criticism it is loading the continent with an unsustainable burden during a major summit in Beijing.
04-09-2018

China’s ‘Silk Road’ project runs into debt jam

China's massive and expanding "Belt and Road" trade infrastructure project is running into speed bumps as some countries begin to grumble about being buried under Chinese debt, says an analysis by AFP.
Global Europe 04-09-2018

Munich Security Conference Chief: Trump pushes Germany toward Russia and China

The longer Donald Trump stays in office, the higher the risk that anti-American forces will gain the upper hand in Germany and push it into the arms of Russia and China, veteran German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger said in an interview.
Energy 20-08-2018

China defies US pressure as EU parts ways with Iranian oil

China, seeking to skirt US sanctions, will use oil tankers from Iran for its purchases of that country's crude, throwing Tehran a lifeline while European companies such as France's Total are walking away due to fear of reprisals from Washington.
EU-China 30-07-2018

Europe needs to wake up to China’s influencing strategies

As Europe is waking up to the Chinese party-state’s growing influence inside its territory, China experts in Europe need to make themselves heard, write Tabitha Speelman and  Matej Šimalčík.
23-07-2018

Moscovici blasts Trump over ‘inappropriate’ trade sanctions

EU finance chief Pierre Moscovici fired a barb at US President Donald Trump on Sunday (22 July) as he called on both sides of an ongoing global trade dispute to "act as allies".
EU-China 16-07-2018

EU leaders head to China and Japan, seeking to restore global trade

After the turmoil of Trump in Brussels, EU leaders are in China and Japan today and tomorrow for two important summits, a sign that Europe is looking to Asia, writes Fraser Cameron.
16-07-2018

EU and China get cozy, call to ‘improve’ world order

EU leaders in Beijing today (16 July) sought to offer an alternative to the disruptive international policymaking of US President Donald Trump, who called both EU and China ‘foes’.
EU-China 16-07-2018

China set to fully control Portugal’s power grid amid Europe’s inertia

China is set to make further inroads into European infrastructure, as a state-owned company attempts to gain full control of Portugal’s power grid.
Central Asia 09-07-2018

Fraser Cameron: I don’t think the EU is hostile to New Silk Road

As long as the principles of the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF on transparency, public procurement and sustainable development are observed, the European Union is not hostile to China's New Silk Road project, Fraser Cameron told EURACTIV.
09-07-2018

16+1 summit: China ready to fund Centre in Sofia for EU partnership

China remains open for trade with foreign partners and can only benefit from an economically strong Europe, its premier said on Saturday (7 July) as he pressed for expanded ties with the continent's eastern wing while waging a tariff war with Washington.
Central Asia 06-07-2018

Kazakhstan is the buckle of the Belt and Road initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. BRI largely replicates the Silk Road, a common historical heritage of China, Kazakhstan and all countries along its path.
Central Europe 05-07-2018

Silk Road financial hub inaugurated in Kazakhstan

The “Astana International Financial Centre” or AIFC, was inaugurated today (5 July) at a lavish ceremony in the Kazakh capital.
Central Asia 04-07-2018

China’s Belt and Road initiative, explained by Kazakhstan

Roman Vassilenko, deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, met on Wednesday (4 July) with a group of international journalists from around the world to field questions about his country's development and the China-promoted Belt and Road initiative.
Central Asia 03-07-2018

‘Super Grids Silk Road’ takes shape in Kazakhstan

A series of conferences dedicated to the China-promoted One Belt One Road initiative are taking place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Plans to launch a gigantic renewable energy project with the potential to supply the EU were also mooted.
Elections 25-06-2018

Pro-Russia Communists to back new Czech minority cabinet

Czech president Miloš Zeman said on Sunday (24 June) he may appoint a new two-party cabinet on Tuesday or Wednesday following eight months of political instability after last October's election.
Global Europe 19-06-2018

The EU has to broaden its alliances to shape the new world order

Enough tears have been shed, egos and emotions shaken and obituaries written about the transatlantic relationship. It is time to move on. So wipe the tears, stop the whining and turn over a new page. The US has embarked on a new journey, and the EU should do the same, writes Shada Islam.
Defence policy 14-06-2018

Germany’s Maas unveils vision for post-Atlantic Europe

Germany's foreign minister called for the European Union to become a more self-confident global actor, prepared to take counter-measures when the United States crosses "red lines" and able to respond to Russian threats and Chinese growth.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

US unveils de facto embassy in Taiwan amid China tensions

The United States unveiled a new $256 million representative office in Taiwan’s capital on Tuesday (12 June), a de facto embassy that underscores Washington’s strategic ties with the democratic, self-ruled island as it faces escalating tensions with China.