Economy & Jobs 16-05-2022

China’s economy skids as lockdowns hit factories, retailers

China's retail and factory activity fell sharply in April as wide COVID-19 lockdowns confined workers and consumers to their homes and severely disrupted supply chains, casting a long shadow over the outlook for the world's second-largest economy.
Global Europe 12-05-2022

Russia ‘most direct threat to world order’, von der Leyen says at EU-Japan summit

Russia is the "most direct threat" to the international order because of its invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday (12 May) in Tokyo.

US relieved as China appears to heed warnings on Russia

Two months after warning that Beijing appeared poised to help Russia in its fight against Ukraine, senior US officials say they have not detected overt Chinese military and economic support, a welcome development in the tense US-China relationship.
Global Europe 02-05-2022

United States to invite Pacific leaders to White House, ramp up diplomatic ties

US President Joe Biden's administration plans to step up diplomatic engagement with Pacific Island countries, Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell said on Monday (2 May), including inviting Pacific leaders to the White House later this year.

Britain’s Truss tells China its rise depends on playing by the rules

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned China that failure to play by global rules would cut short its rise as a superpower, and said the West should ensure that Taiwan can defend itself.

China’s Xi reiterates opposition to use of economic sanctions

Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated China's opposition to unilateral sanctions and "long-arm jurisdiction" in a speech on Thursday (21 April), without directly mentioning the West's punitive actions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2022

G20 members condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine, after Western officials stage walkout

Top officials from the EU, Britain, the United States and Canada walked out on Russia's representatives at a Group of 20 meeting on Wednesday (20 April) and many members spoke to condemn Moscow's war in Ukraine.
Global Europe 15-04-2022

Putin tells Europe: You still need Russian gas but we’re turning east

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (14 April) that Moscow would work to redirect its energy exports eastward as Europe tries to reduce its reliance on them, adding that European nations would not be able to ditch Russian gas immediately.

Biden says Xi knows that China’s future is linked to West

US President Joe Biden on Thursday (24 March) said that China knows its economic future is tied to the West, after warning Chinese leader Xi Jinping that Beijing could regret siding with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Biden and allies to coordinate on China at triple Brussels summits

US President Joe Biden's bid to drive a wedge between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine war will be a key topic of discussion this week when Biden travels to Brussels.
Enlargement 21-03-2022

Serbia’s EU ambition – the best guarded secret in the election campaign

In the predominantly Russia-leaning public space in Serbia, an EU candidate country since 2012, aligning with the bloc is obviously not a popular political message ahead of the parliamentary, presidential, and Belgrade elections due on 3 April.

Chinese official calls sanctions on Russia increasingly ‘outrageous’

A senior Chinese government official said on Saturday (19 March) that sanctions imposed by Western nations on Russia over Ukraine are increasingly "outrageous".
Global Europe 18-03-2022

Russian sanctions over Ukraine grow, Biden to talk to Xi

Japan and Australia on Friday (18 March) imposed new sanctions on Russian entities as punishment for the invasion of Ukraine, which the West says has been stalled by staunch resistance but continues to take a devastating toll on civilians.

Chinese military aid to Russia would be major role reversal, analysts say

For decades Russia has, more than any other country, aided China's dramatic military modernisation with weapons and technology - and now Beijing has plenty that Moscow needs as its Ukraine invasion continues, military analysts say.

China’s soaring COVID case load raises concerns about costs of containment

China posted a steep jump in daily COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with new cases more than doubling from a day earlier to hit a two-year high, raising concerns about the rising economic costs of the country's tough containment measures.

US raises concerns about China aligning with Russia at ‘intense’ meeting

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised concerns about China's alignment with Russia in a meeting with a Chinese diplomat as Washington warned of the isolation and penalties Beijing will face if it helps Moscow in its invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 14-03-2022

US warns China against ‘backfilling’ sanction-hit Russia

Russia said on Sunday (13 March) that it was counting on China to help it withstand the blow to its economy from Western sanctions over the war in Ukraine, but the United States warned Beijing not to provide that lifeline.

Taiwan studies Ukraine war for own battle strategy with China

Wary of an invasion by China, Taiwan's military strategists have been studying Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the country's resistance, in which it had to count on its own forces, despite previous declarations of Western support.
Global Europe 03-03-2022

China asked Russia to delay Ukraine invasion until after Olympics

Senior Chinese officials told senior Russian officials in early February not to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the New York Times reported, quoting officials who cited a Western intelligence report.

China says Taiwan is ‘not Ukraine’ as island raises alert level

Taiwan is "not Ukraine" and has always been an inalienable part of China, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called for the island to beef up vigilance on military activities in response to the crisis.

Beijing closes curtain on ‘closed loop’ Games

Beijing doused its Olympic flame on Sunday night (20 February), closing a Games that will be remembered for the extremes of its anti-COVID-19 measures and outrage over the doping scandal that enveloped 15-year-old Russian skating sensation Kamila Valieva.

EU ministers to back Lithuania in China trade battle

France, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said on Sunday (13 February) that the European Union would firmly back its fellow member Lithuania in its brewing trade war with China.

US and China UN envoys trade barbs on Russia and Ukraine

The US envoy to the UN said she hopes China will urge Russia to "do the right thing" on Ukraine, prompting her Chinese counterpart to quickly respond with a call for diplomacy and an end to "hyping up the tension."

The Brief – Olympic truce

In an ideal world, hostilities should stop during the Olympics. But experience shows that, on the contrary, the Olympics are often a dangerous time.