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Digital 29-05-2020

Georgia targeted by fake stories of US secret labs spreading COVID-19

EU foreign ministers are discussing China on Friday (29 May), as the country started to back Russian narratives of Washington-led biological weapon development in Georgia and other post-Soviet countries. One widely circulating allegation in the internet during the pandemic claimed...
EU-China 25-05-2020

EU needs ‘more robust’ China strategy, says bloc’s chief diplomat

The EU must adopt a "more robust" strategy to deal with an increasingly assertive China, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (25 May), ahead of a scheduled meeting of EU foreign ministers meant to discuss EU-China strategy later this week.
25-05-2020

China warns US pushing relations to ‘brink of new Cold War’

The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", China's foreign minister said Sunday (24 May), rejecting US "lies" over the coronavirus while saying Beijing was open to an international effort to find its source.
Global Europe 19-05-2020

WHO to review virus response as Trump renews attack

The World Health Organization said on Monday (18 May) it would launch an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic as US President Donald Trump renewed his attack on the global body, branding it a "puppet of China".
18-05-2020

WHO to kick off international meet amid US-China tensions

The World Health Organization will on Monday (18 May) kick off its first ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that US-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Assembly (WHA), which has...
15-05-2020

EU top diplomat wants independent probe into coronavirus origins

The European Union's foreign policy chief called on China on Thursday (14 May) to contribute significantly to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and said there should be an independent scientific investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
Global Europe 14-05-2020

US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine as markets slump

Chinese hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research, US authorities said Wednesday (13 May), ratcheting up tensions between the superpowers as markets slumped on warnings from the US Federal Reserve that prolonged shutdowns could cause "lasting damage."
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2020

French, Dutch join forces to urge EU to show teeth on trade

France and the Netherlands have joined forces to urge the European Union to enforce environmental and labour standards more forcefully with countries the bloc signs trade deals with, according to a document seen by Reuters.
07-05-2020

Time for Europe to beef up its China strategy

The recent controversy over whether Beijing pressured the European External Action Service to water down a critical report on Chinese disinformation is just one piece of a bigger puzzle, write David Fernandez and Fabrice Pothier. David Fernandez is a junior...
Global Europe 04-05-2020

Trump says up to 100,000 Americans may die from coronavirus

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (3 May) he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die in the coronavirus pandemic, after the death toll passed his earlier estimates, but said he was confident a vaccine would be developed by the year’s end.
Global Europe 01-05-2020

Trump says evidence ties China lab to virus, threatens tariffs

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (30 April) threatened China with fresh tariffs as he stepped up his attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus crisis, saying he had seen evidence linking a Wuhan lab to the contagion.
Enlargement 30-04-2020

Why Serbia’s President Vucic chose Richard Grenell over Angela Merkel

Although EU membership is Serbia’s official foreign policy goal, Russia and China – and perhaps the USA in the future – are providing something that is much more valuable for the Serbian leaders: a hope that the drawing of the national borders will be possible again, writes Filip Milacic
30-04-2020

Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (29 April) he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.

US imposes new rules on exports to China to keep them from its military

The United States said on Monday (27 April) it will impose new restrictions on exports to China to keep semiconductor production equipment and other technology away from Beijing’s military.
25-04-2020

China pressured EU to drop COVID disinformation criticism: sources

China sought to block a European Union report alleging that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, according to four sources and diplomatic correspondence reviewed by Reuters.
24-04-2020

Hungary, China sign classified loan deal for Budapest-Belgrade Chinese rail project

Hungary and China have signed a loan agreement to finance the construction of a railway link between Budapest and Belgrade, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga announced on Friday (24 April), kickstarting a project that has been stalled for years.
Global Europe 22-04-2020

US failed to block UN virus vaccine resolution

The UN General Assembly has demanded equal access for any future COVID-19 vaccine but its seeming unanimity was a fluke. The United States in fact opposed the resolution but acted too late to stop it, diplomats say.
20-04-2020

Jourová slams Europe’s ‘morbid dependency’ on China

European Commission vice-president Věra Jourová on Sunday (19 April) chided the EU for what she said was its "morbid dependency" on China and India for medical supplies, a situation highlighted by the coronavirus crisis.
Global Europe 19-04-2020

Trump warns China could face consequences for virus outbreak

US President Donald Trump warned China on Saturday (18 April) that it should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic, as he ratcheted up criticism of Beijing over its handling of the outbreak.
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2020

EU aims to bar ‘predatory’ takeovers of weakened firms

EU trade ministers vowed on Thursday (16 April) to protect strategic European companies weakened by the virus-triggered downturn from "predatory" takeovers.
Global Europe 16-04-2020

Trump says US investigating whether virus came from Wuhan lab

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (15 April) his government is trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a lab in Wuhan, China, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing “needs to come clean” on what they know.
15-04-2020

Trump freezes WHO funds, draws rebuke from UN chief

Donald Trump ordered a freeze on funding for the World Health Organization for "mismanaging" the coronavirus crisis, as world leaders weighed easing lockdowns that threaten to tip the global economy into a second Great Depression.
14-04-2020

China tightens Russian border checks, approves experimental coronavirus vaccine trials

China has approved early-stage human tests for two experimental vaccines to combat the new coronavirus as it battles to contain imported cases, especially from neighbouring Russia, the new “front line” in the war on COVID-19.
Enlargement 13-04-2020

To Belgrade and beyond: Beijing exports China model of virus management

Last month, six Chinese medical professionals stepped off an Air Serbia jet in Belgrade to a red-carpet welcome from President Aleksandar Vučić and an array of cabinet ministers. After elbow-bump greetings, Vučić kissed Serbia’s flag, then China’s.
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