China

22-07-2021

China, the new Atlantis between the United States and Europe?

During the recent tour of US President Joe Biden to Europe, EU nations continued to resist taking sides, its leaders instead repeating the term “strategic autonomy”, writes Joël Ruet.
22-07-2021

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

China rejected on Thursday (22 July) a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, a top health...
22-07-2021

Montenegro starts paying off $1 billion Chinese road loan

Montenegro paid the first instalment of a billion-dollar road loan from China that critics say could wreck the Balkan nation's economy.
Global Europe 14-07-2021

Britain’s MI5 spy chief says: Beware of Russian and Chinese agents

Britain's top domestic spymaster will caution the population on Wednesday (14 July) to treat the threat of spying from Russia and China as vigilantly as terrorism, warning that foreign spies were seeking to pilfer technology, sow discord and attack infrastructure.
09-07-2021

US set to add more Chinese companies to blacklist over Xinjiang

The Biden administration is set as early as Friday (9 July) to add more than 10 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang, two sources told Reuters.
18-06-2021

Pacific undersea cable project sinks after US warns against Chinese bid

A World Bank-led project declined to award a contract to lay sensitive undersea communications cables after Pacific island governments heeded US warnings that participation of a Chinese company posed a security threat, two sources told Reuters.
18-06-2021

Draghi takes distance from Russia and China, anchors Italy to the West

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has clearly aligned his country with the EU and the Atlantic alliance, with strongly worded messages at the recent G7 and NATO summits that end his predecessors’ ambiguous position towards Russia and China. After years...
Digital & Media 18-06-2021

EU and UK say Hong Kong newspaper raid shows China cracking down on dissent

The European Union and Britain said a police raid on Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily showed that China was using a new national security law to crack down on dissent and silence the media rather than deal with public security.
17-06-2021

Japan says China’s military strategy unclear, of serious concern

Japan said on Thursday (17 June) China's military intentions are unclear and its armed forces' rapid expansion is of serious concern, circumstances that require Europe, the United States and other Asian nations to come together to stand up to Beijing.
EU-China 15-06-2021

Beijing accuses NATO of exaggerating ‘China threat theory’

Beijing on Tuesday (15 June) accused NATO of exaggerating the threat from China and "creating confrontation", after a vow from the Western allies to work together to counter the challenges posed by its policies.

How the competition against China could improve NATO

Allowing the US to focus its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that requires the Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
14-06-2021

No new ‘Cold War’ with China, NATO leaders urge

The leaders of the NATO countries are performing a delicate balancing act over China at the summit on Monday (14 June), in an effort to show firmness, but avoid language that would antagonise a such a huge world economic power.
EU-China 10-06-2021

EU considers sending delegation to Hong Kong after electoral law reform

The European Union denounced on Wednesday (9 June) Hong Kong's major overhaul of its political system as a breach by China of its international commitments and threatened to send a delegation to visit the autonomous city.
10-06-2021

Cooperatively containing China

Europe must pursue a strategy of "cooperative containment" on China if it is to punch its weight on the international stage, write Peter Clever and Christian Moos.
04-06-2021

EU can’t work like this, German official says after Hungary blocks China statement

Hungary's decision to block a European Union statement criticising China's Hong Kong policy was condemned by a senior Germany official, who said the EU's common foreign and security policy was being undermined by a failure of unanimity.
03-06-2021

MEPs sound the alarm over Chinese mass surveillance project in Belgrade

The European Parliament is taking a close look at China's high-tech present to Serbia, a mass surveillance system that involves the installation of thousands of smart surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition features, MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens/EFA, France) told EURACTIV in an interview.
02-06-2021

WHO asks for re-checks of research on when coronavirus first surfaced in Italy

Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been re-tested at the World Health Organization's (WTO) request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.
02-06-2021

Montenegro learns true cost of China-backed $1 billion road to nowhere

Two sleek new roads vanish into mountain tunnels high above a sleepy Montenegrin village, the unlikely endpoint of a billion-dollar project bankrolled by China that is threatening to derail the tiny country's economy.
01-06-2021

Polish trial begins in Huawei-linked China espionage case

An espionage trial involving a former Polish secret services agent and an ex-employee of Huawei begins in a Warsaw court as some European states consider whether to exclude the Chinese group's equipment from their 5G telecom networks.
01-06-2021

Geopolitical dimensions of the EU‘s future supply of critical raw materials

Neither the creation of a circular economy nor any other single measure alone won’t offer a silver bullet solution to the rising demand of critical raw materials (CRMs), argues Frank Umbach.
24-05-2021

Lithuania quits ‘divisive’ China 17+1 group

Lithuania said on Saturday (22 May) it was quitting China's 17+1 cooperation forum with central and eastern European states that includes other EU members, calling it "divisive".
21-05-2021

EU parliament freezes China deal ratification until Beijing lifts sanctions

The European Parliament halted on Thursday (20 May) ratification of a new investment pact with China until Beijing lifts sanctions on EU politicians, deepening a dispute in Sino-European relations and denying EU companies greater access to China.
19-05-2021

China says US threatening peace as warship transits Taiwan Strait

China accused the United States on Wednesday (19 May) of threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait after a US warship again sailed through the sensitive waterway that separates Taiwan from its giant neighbour.
Global Europe 18-05-2021

EU, US move to end steel row and point to China

The EU and US took a step towards a post-Trump trade truce on Monday (17 May), agreeing to hold talks to end a tit-for-tat feud over steel and aluminium tariffs.