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China 23-09-2021

Xiaomi says its smartphones do not censor users following Lithuania report

China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday (22 September) that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone.
EU-China 22-09-2021

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones with censorship software

Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.

Factbox: An intensifying arms race in Asia

Analysts warn that Asia may be sliding into an accelerating arms race as countries react to China's military growth. Here is a list of defence systems several Asian countries are looking to acquire.
China 01-09-2021

Hungary, Poland, Serbia: China’s backdoors to Europe

China benefits from divisions that prevent the EU from forming a unified front against it. That is why relations with EU members Hungary and Poland, as well as with the Western Balkans and Serbia in particular, are getting stronger, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
China 23-08-2021

US lends support to Lithuania against China pressure

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuania's foreign minister on Saturday (21 August) and agreed on "bilateral coordinated action" to help the country withstand pressure from China over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan, Lithuania said.
China 12-08-2021

Lithuania envoy in Beijing to leave China over Taiwan dispute

Lithuania's ambassador to China says she has been asked to leave the country, one day after Beijing demanded that Vilnius recall its envoy over allowing Taiwan to set up an office under its own name in the EU member state.
China 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.
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.
China 07-04-2021

Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks

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.

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.
China 02-02-2021

Top Chinese diplomat calls for China, US to mend relations

China’s top diplomat called on Tuesday (2 February) for Beijing and Washington to put relations back on a predictable and constructive path, saying the United States should stop meddling in China’s internal affairs, like Hong Kong and Tibet.
Global Europe 25-01-2021

South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge

A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea over the weekend to promote “freedom of the seas” at a time of US concern about China-Taiwan tensions and Beijing asserting its maritime agenda.
China 10-11-2020

Lithuania to support ‘those fighting for freedom’ in Taiwan

Lithuania's new ruling coalition agreed on Monday (9 November) to commit their incoming government to support "those fighting for freedom" in Taiwan, threatening to hurt the small EU member's relations with China, a potential investor in its main port.
Global Europe 23-10-2020

Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

President Xi Jinping issued a sharp warning Friday (23 October) to potential "invaders" of Beijing's military resolve, speaking on the 70th anniversary of his nation's entry into the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought US rivals.
China 18-09-2020

China begins military drills as senior US official visits Taiwan

China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday (18 September), the same day a senior US official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as Beijing denounced tightening ties between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and the United States.

US pushes arms sales surge to ‘Fortress Taiwan,’ needling China

The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.
China 31-08-2020

China says Czech senate speaker will pay ‘heavy price’ for Taiwan visit

Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will “pay a heavy price” for making an official trip to Taiwan, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Monday (31 August).

‘Polishing the gun’: China, US tensions raise Taiwan conflict fears

Numerous Chinese and US military exercises, Taiwan missiles tracking Chinese fighters and plummeting China-US ties make for a heady cocktail of tension that is raising fears of conflict touched off by a crisis over Taiwan.

Taiwan to raise defence spending as China details combat drills

Taiwan unveiled a T$42.1 billion ($1.4 billion) increase for next year’s planned defence spending on Thursday (13 August), as China announced details of its latest combat drills near the democratic island.
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...
China 01-10-2019

China flexes military muscle to mark 70 years of Communist rule

China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a massive display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday (1 October), overseen by President Xi Jinping who pledged peaceful development on the 70th birthday of Communist China.
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.
Development Policy 05-01-2018

Paradise island puts development hopes in China

It's a nation that boasts warm azure seas and dream beaches, a landscape ranging from volcanic rocks to tropical rainforest, and stable democratic rule -- yet many people have never heard of it.
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Ex-VP: Taiwan must become ‘neutral Switzerland’ of Asia-Pacific

To avoid China taking over Taiwan, and ease tensions in the South China Sea, Taiwan should become a permanent neutral nation like Switzerland, former Taiwanese vice-president Annette Hsiu-lien LU told EURACTIV in an interview.