Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Europe Correspondent

 

Finbarr Bermingham reports on Europe-China relations for the Post. He joined the newspaper in 2018, initially on the Political Economy desk reporting primarily on global trade, economics and geopolitics. After a decade on the trade beat in London and Hong Kong, he took up the role of Europe Correspondent, moving to Brussels to report from the heart of the EU. Having helmed the US-China Trade War Update, a weekly podcast, since 2019, he is the current host of the China Geopolitics Podcast.

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21 Jan 2022 - 3:45PM
Lithuanian exports nearly obliterated from China market amid Taiwan row

Chinese customs data gives first glimpse of the scale of unofficial blockade, with 91.4 per cent drop in shipments from the Baltic state in December.

Chinese customs data gives first glimpse of the scale of unofficial blockade, with 91.4 per cent drop in shipments from the Baltic state in December.

21 Jan 2022 - 5:42PM
European Parliament debates resolution over ‘deterioration’ of media freedoms in Hong Kong

MEPs reiterate calls for sanctions on the city’s top leadership and propose for the first time a review of the city’s status at the World Trade Organization.

MEPs reiterate calls for sanctions on the city’s top leadership and propose for the first time a review of the city’s status at the World Trade Organization.

20 Jan 2022 - 6:00AM
Back Lithuania or face more coercion from China, lawmakers tell EU chiefs

Inaction against unofficial trade embargo will allow Beijing to intensify ‘divide and rule’ practices and weaken European unity, MEPs warn.

Inaction against unofficial trade embargo will allow Beijing to intensify ‘divide and rule’ practices and weaken European unity, MEPs warn.

18 Jan 2022 - 2:23PM
EU seeks ‘de-escalation’ of Lithuania-China feud but takes no further action

Members ‘expressed clear solidarity with Lithuania’, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, but despite calls by Vilnius, no new measures were announced.

Members ‘expressed clear solidarity with Lithuania’, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, but despite calls by Vilnius, no new measures were announced.

15 Jan 2022 - 4:02AM
Lithuanians overwhelmingly oppose Vilnius’ policy on China, poll shows

Just 13 per cent support Vilnius, according to a government poll that adds to the pressure on its foreign ministry.

Just 13 per cent support Vilnius, according to a government poll that adds to the pressure on its foreign ministry.

13 Jan 2022 - 2:27AM
David Sassoli praised for his ‘solidarity’ with EU lawmakers on China disputes

The president of the European Parliament, who died on Tuesday, was remembered as protective of MEPs who came under fire from Beijing.

The president of the European Parliament, who died on Tuesday, was remembered as protective of MEPs who came under fire from Beijing.

12 Jan 2022 - 2:52PM
Carrot vs stick: Taiwan and China’s row over Lithuania leads to political brawl in Vilnius

Taipei says it will set up a US$200 million investment fund for Lithuanian industries, while Beijing seeks Vilnius’ retreat on ‘Taiwanese Representative Office’.

Taipei says it will set up a US$200 million investment fund for Lithuanian industries, while Beijing seeks Vilnius’ retreat on ‘Taiwanese Representative Office’.

6 Jan 2022 - 5:06PM
China’s outgoing EU envoy to lead Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Can the group punch its weight?

Zhang Ming is the first Chinese since 2006 to head a Eurasian grouping that, much like the European Union, has sometimes been described as a ‘talking shop’.

Zhang Ming is the first Chinese since 2006 to head a Eurasian grouping that, much like the European Union, has sometimes been described as a ‘talking shop’.

5 Jan 2022 - 5:01PM
17 Dec 2021 - 6:45PM
China-EU annual summit ‘pushed back until next year’ as trade and human rights disputes fester

Sources say tit-for-tat sanctions over Xinjiang and the ‘death’ of an investment deal mean there is little room for the two sides to make progress in key areas.

Sources say tit-for-tat sanctions over Xinjiang and the ‘death’ of an investment deal mean there is little room for the two sides to make progress in key areas.

17 Dec 2021 - 1:11AM
Lithuanian diplomats leave China after Beijing downgrades embassy amid Taiwan row

The embassy, which had its status downgraded last month, will operate remotely until agreement is reached over diplomatic accreditation.

The embassy, which had its status downgraded last month, will operate remotely until agreement is reached over diplomatic accreditation.

16 Dec 2021 - 2:30AM
Beijing Olympic diplomatic boycott: EU foreign ministers aim to carve out ‘common approach’

Bid to forge a united position expected to lead to heated debate on Monday; Foreign Affairs Council also set to discuss the growing China-Lithuania trade dispute.

Bid to forge a united position expected to lead to heated debate on Monday; Foreign Affairs Council also set to discuss the growing China-Lithuania trade dispute.

11 Dec 2021 - 3:42AM
10 Dec 2021 - 2:50PM
China snubs EU efforts to mediate in Lithuania row, as trade embargo worsens

Lithuanian vice-foreign minister is not surprised, but calls Chinese customs’ refusal to come to the table ‘hypocritical’.

Lithuanian vice-foreign minister is not surprised, but calls Chinese customs’ refusal to come to the table ‘hypocritical’.

9 Dec 2021 - 9:43PM
EU threatens China with WTO action as reports of Lithuanian trade blockade escalate

The EU is investigating complaints from Lithuanian exporters that the country was ‘wiped’ from the Chinese customs system.

The EU is investigating complaints from Lithuanian exporters that the country was ‘wiped’ from the Chinese customs system.

9 Dec 2021 - 2:53AM
Lithuania reports access to Chinese market four days after being excluded amid diplomatic row

EU investigates whether technical problems blocking exports were a one-off issue with its Beijing office contacting Chinese authorities seeking answers.

EU investigates whether technical problems blocking exports were a one-off issue with its Beijing office contacting Chinese authorities seeking answers.

7 Dec 2021 - 7:40PM
EU will propose new trade weapon to counter China’s economic coercion

The move could result in China and other countries accused of economic bullying being shut out of lucrative parts of the European market.

The move could result in China and other countries accused of economic bullying being shut out of lucrative parts of the European market.

7 Dec 2021 - 10:43AM
Europe hesitant over calls to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics

Scrutiny of the 2022 Games has ratcheted up in line with the global outcry over China’s treatment of Peng Shuai

Scrutiny of the 2022 Games has ratcheted up in line with the global outcry over China’s treatment of Peng Shuai

5 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM
US, EU diplomats voice concern about China’s human rights abuses, aggression

Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino discuss repression in Xinjiang and Tibet and ‘the erosion of autonomy and democracy in Hong Kong’, among other topics.

Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino discuss repression in Xinjiang and Tibet and ‘the erosion of autonomy and democracy in Hong Kong’, among other topics.

3 Dec 2021 - 6:37AM
Nike, Patagonia, C&A named in Dutch criminal filing on Chinese forced labour in Xinjiang

The filing by a non-profit group says the companies’ use of Chinese suppliers frequently accused of using forced labour breaks Dutch law.

The filing by a non-profit group says the companies’ use of Chinese suppliers frequently accused of using forced labour breaks Dutch law.

2 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
EU launches infrastructure drive as ‘true alternative’ to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

European Union’s Global Gateway plan promises to mobilise up to €300 billion (US$340 billion) between 2021 and 2027 for modern infrastructure projects outside the bloc.

European Union’s Global Gateway plan promises to mobilise up to €300 billion (US$340 billion) between 2021 and 2027 for modern infrastructure projects outside the bloc.

2 Dec 2021 - 3:37AM
Keeping big brothers at bay: why Lithuania is taking on China

The opening of a de facto Taiwanese embassy in Vilnius is the latest source of friction between the Baltic nation and Beijing.

The opening of a de facto Taiwanese embassy in Vilnius is the latest source of friction between the Baltic nation and Beijing.

4 Dec 2021 - 9:32AM
26 Nov 2021 - 5:47PM
China warns off new German government over Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang

Chinese foreign ministry urges Berlin to ‘continue its pragmatic China policy’ after new government signals readiness to challenge Beijing on sensitive topics.

Chinese foreign ministry urges Berlin to ‘continue its pragmatic China policy’ after new government signals readiness to challenge Beijing on sensitive topics.

26 Nov 2021 - 12:09AM
German coalition seals deal for new government, new tough-talking China policy

Germany’s coalition agreement text contains more than a dozen references to China, and mentions Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Germany’s coalition agreement text contains more than a dozen references to China, and mentions Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

25 Nov 2021 - 5:09AM
EU set to renew sanctions on Chinese officials for alleged Xinjiang abuses

Adoption of the renewal is expected in early December after member states’ ambassadors give the go-ahead ‘without discussion’.

Adoption of the renewal is expected in early December after member states’ ambassadors give the go-ahead ‘without discussion’.

24 Nov 2021 - 8:20PM
EU joins calls for ‘independent and verifiable proof’ of Peng Shuai’s whereabouts

Despite state media efforts to present the tennis star as safe and active, ‘the requests for reliable information are legitimate and remain,’ EU spokeswoman says.

Despite state media efforts to present the tennis star as safe and active, ‘the requests for reliable information are legitimate and remain,’ EU spokeswoman says.

6 Dec 2021 - 7:59AM
China’s investments in Europe plunge amid coronavirus, squeeze on foreign buyers

Chinese and Russian purchases in particular can expect to face review and scrutiny under the EU’s investment screening mechanisms.

Chinese and Russian purchases in particular can expect to face review and scrutiny under the EU’s investment screening mechanisms.

24 Nov 2021 - 5:29AM
Lithuania seeks more EU support as US offers US$600m to cushion impact from row with Beijing over Taiwan

Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says the Baltic state would ‘appreciate’ material support from Brussels after coming under pressure from Beijing.

Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says the Baltic state would ‘appreciate’ material support from Brussels after coming under pressure from Beijing.

20 Nov 2021 - 5:10PM