China

Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks

07-04-2021

Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said, adding that the United States saw a danger that this could happen amid mounting Chinese military pressure, including aircraft carrier drills, near the island.

19-04-2021

Beijing huddles with autocratic friends, seeks to fracture US-led ‘clique’

China is shoring up ties with autocratic partners like Russia and Iran, as well as economically dependent regional countries, while using sanctions and threats to try to fracture the alliances the United States is building against it.
16-04-2021

Montenegro tries to cool EU row over $1 billion China road

Montenegro's finance minister on Friday (16 April) tried to ease concern over a near $1 billion Chinese-backed road project, insisting the country could afford to repay the debt and did not need EU help.
08-04-2021

Xi urges Europe to ‘make positive efforts with China’ in Merkel call

President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call that he hoped Europe would "make positive efforts with China", Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.
07-04-2021

US says looking to coordinate participation in Beijing Olympics with allies

The US said that it is looking to discuss with allies how to proceed with participation in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in a coordinated way, amid growing calls for a boycott of the Games over China’s human rights record.

China says carrier group exercising near Taiwan, drills will become regular

A Chinese carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, China’s navy said late on Monday (5 April) in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory.
02-04-2021

EU condemns China media ‘harassment’ after BBC departure

The European Union on Friday (2 April) condemned the "harassment" of foreign journalists in China after a BBC correspondent left the country in the face of legal threats and pressure from authorities.
31-03-2021

UK calls for end to ‘pernicious’ trade practices, in apparent swipe at China

Britain said it will push G7 allies to do more to ban "pernicious practices" in trade, such as forced labour and intellectual property theft, in an apparent call for a tougher line towards China at the World Trade Organization.
31-03-2021

US leads concern over WHO-backed Covid origins report

The United States led a chorus of concern on Tuesday (30 March) over a WHO-backed report into the origins of the coronavirus in China, with accusations swirling that Beijing failed to give proper access to investigators.
26-03-2021

China sanctions UK entities, individuals for Xinjiang ‘lies’

China sanctioned organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom on Friday (26 March) over what it called “lies and disinformation” about Xinjiang, days after Britain imposed sanctions for human rights abuses in the western Chinese region.

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – A NATO for Asia?

The Biden administration is wasting no time with its foreign agenda. Under the thumb of a very capable diplomat, Anthony Blinken, the US is mobilising its Asian allies against China in a way reminiscent of how NATO was built in the period after the Second World War, only faster.
EU-China 25-03-2021

US, EU to cooperate on China dialogue, Russia challenge

The US and Europe have agreed to relaunch a bilateral dialogue on China and work together to address Russia's "challenging behavior," according to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell.
Global Europe 24-03-2021

Lavrov pronounces Russia-EU relations as dead

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said there were no more relations between his country and the EU, blaming Brussels for “destroying mechanisms built over years”. He made the comments during a visit to China, marking a further Russia-China rapprochement.
24-03-2021

Looking at China: Dazed and confused

China is using its economic and technological force to attack the vital interests of the United States and its main strategic partner, the European Union, writes Vladimir Krulj.
23-03-2021

EU nations rebuke China envoys over retaliatory sanctions

France, Germany and other EU nations called in Chinese ambassadors on Tuesday (23 March) to protest at sanctions imposed by Beijing targeting their citizens, as China and Europe faced off over claims of rights abuses against China's Muslim Uyghur minority.
23-03-2021

West hits China with coordinated sanction over Xinjiang abuses

The United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Chinese officials on Monday (22 March) for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the first such coordinated Western action against Beijing under new US President Joe Biden.
19-03-2021

Top US, Chinese diplomats clash at start of first talks of Biden presidency

The first high-level US-China talks of the Biden administration got off to a fiery start on Thursday (18 March), with both sides leveling sharp rebukes of the others’ policies in a rare display that underscored the level of bilateral tension.
17-03-2021

Blinken says China is acting aggressively and repressively in Asia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (17 March) that China was acting aggressively and repressively, citing its actions in the East and South China Seas where it has territorial disputes with Japan and other Asian nations.
17-03-2021

EU visit to Xinjiang stalls over access to jailed Uighur

A visit by European Union ambassadors to the Xinjiang region of China has stalled over their request for access to jailed Uighur academic Ilham Tohti, a diplomatic source confirmed Wednesday (17 March).
Global Europe 16-03-2021

NATO chief admits ‘serious concerns’ over Turkey, hopes for more NATO-EU cooperation

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday (15 March) told EU lawmakers he had “serious concerns” over actions by member Turkey and hoped an increased EU-NATO cooperation could counter China. “I have expressed my serious concerns, and we all know there...
12-03-2021

Serbia to start producing Chinese Sinopharm vaccine

Serbia will become the first European country to produce the Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, the Balkan country's President Aleksandar Vučić said Thursday (11 March).
12-03-2021

EU threatens China with ‘additional steps’ over Hong Kong vote

The European Union on Thursday (11 March) warned China it could take "additional steps" as it condemned a vote by Beijing's rubber-stamp parliament for sweeping changes to Hong Kong's electoral system.
Global Europe 11-03-2021

Biden aides to hold first talks with ‘top threat’ China in Alaska

US President Joe Biden's top aides will hold their first talks with China next week in Alaska, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowing to seek "tangible" action on concerns with the nation he calls the top threat.
09-03-2021

China launches virus passport

China has launched a health certificate programme for domestic travellers, leading the world in plans for so-called virus passports.
05-03-2021

EU warns China against Hong Kong election rules change

The European Union warned China on Friday (5 March) that it may take "additional steps" in response to Beijing's move to grant itself a veto over the selection of Hong Kong lawmakers.