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German politicians call for US, Europe to form united front on China

Defence chief suggests a ‘newly strengthened Western trade alliance’, while top diplomat says future of transatlantic relations will be ‘determined by the right way of dealing with Beijing’.

26 Oct 2020 - 9:01PM

Defence chief suggests a ‘newly strengthened Western trade alliance’, while top diplomat says future of transatlantic relations will be ‘determined by the right way of dealing with Beijing’.

German politicians call for US, Europe to form united front on China
TikTok’s plan to open European headquarters in Dublin questioned by Irish watchdog

Video sharing app’s promises on data security ‘not satisfactorily road-tested or … implemented’, Irish Data Protection Commission says.

24 Oct 2020 - 11:11PM

Video sharing app’s promises on data security ‘not satisfactorily road-tested or … implemented’, Irish Data Protection Commission says.

TikTok’s plan to open European headquarters in Dublin questioned by Irish watchdog
Britain announces new class of visa for Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders as first step in new track to earning citizenship

The new visas will allow applicants to live and work in Britain for up to five years, after which they will be eligible to apply to settle in the country.

23 Oct 2020 - 1:13AM

The new visas will allow applicants to live and work in Britain for up to five years, after which they will be eligible to apply to settle in the country.

Britain announces new class of visa for Hong Kong BN(O) passport holders as first step in new track to earning citizenship
In banning Huawei and ZTE, Sweden calls China a national security threat

Prohibition has already drawn a response from Beijing, but stark description may lead to retaliation against Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson in China.

21 Oct 2020 - 6:30AM

Prohibition has already drawn a response from Beijing, but stark description may lead to retaliation against Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson in China.

In banning Huawei and ZTE, Sweden calls China a national security threat
Angela Merkel says German companies should diversify to Asian markets beyond China

Singapore and South Korea offer promising opportunities since they regained their economic strength soon after weathering the pandemic, German minister says.

20 Oct 2020 - 10:11PM

Singapore and South Korea offer promising opportunities since they regained their economic strength soon after weathering the pandemic, German minister says.

Angela Merkel says German companies should diversify to Asian markets beyond China
Cyprus scraps ‘golden passport’ scheme in a blow to rich Chinese nationals

An undercover report by Al Jazeera used hidden cameras to show an official and a lawmaker pledging ‘full support’ to granting a passport to a fictitious Chinese investor.

14 Oct 2020 - 9:50PM

An undercover report by Al Jazeera used hidden cameras to show an official and a lawmaker pledging ‘full support’ to granting a passport to a fictitious Chinese investor.

Cyprus scraps ‘golden passport’ scheme in a blow to rich Chinese nationals
‘We need to up our game’ against China in Western Balkans, says EU official

The EU earmarked a €9 billion fund for the Western Balkans region increasingly seen as a battleground in the EU’s systemic rivalry with Beijing.

9 Oct 2020 - 10:24PM

The EU earmarked a €9 billion fund for the Western Balkans region increasingly seen as a battleground in the EU’s systemic rivalry with Beijing.

‘We need to up our game’ against China in Western Balkans, says EU official
Germany and Western allies call for acceptance of Uygurs as refugees as China is also slammed over Hong Kong law

In UN speech, German ambassador also denounces Beijing for restricting rights in Hong Kong under national security law.

7 Oct 2020 - 9:53PM

In UN speech, German ambassador also denounces Beijing for restricting rights in Hong Kong under national security law.

Germany and Western allies call for acceptance of Uygurs as refugees as China is also slammed over Hong Kong law
Biden win could restore US-EU partnership for coordinated approach to China

Policy differences remain between Washington and Brussels but diplomats see more chance of unity after Trump.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:11AM

Policy differences remain between Washington and Brussels but diplomats see more chance of unity after Trump.

Biden win could restore US-EU partnership for coordinated approach to China
Angela Merkel warns China to do more to open up or risk more restrictions on EU market access

The German Chancellor tells Beijing that the EU expects ‘reciprocal’ access to China’s markets if the two sides are to reach an investment deal.

3 Oct 2020 - 8:45PM

The German Chancellor tells Beijing that the EU expects ‘reciprocal’ access to China’s markets if the two sides are to reach an investment deal.

Angela Merkel warns China to do more to open up or risk more restrictions on EU market access
Mike Pompeo gets Italian promise on 5G security but doesn’t convince Vatican on bishops deal with China

‘The Chinese Communist Party is trying to exploit its presence in Italy for its own strategic purposes,’ US secretary of state says in Rome.

2 Oct 2020 - 12:11AM

‘The Chinese Communist Party is trying to exploit its presence in Italy for its own strategic purposes,’ US secretary of state says in Rome.

Mike Pompeo gets Italian promise on 5G security but doesn’t convince Vatican on bishops deal with China
Merkel targets China on human rights and trade but tempers with praise on climate

Little progress has been made on EU-China investment treaty but the German chancellor is keen for movement, if not a political breakthrough, by year’s end.

1 Oct 2020 - 2:20AM

Little progress has been made on EU-China investment treaty but the German chancellor is keen for movement, if not a political breakthrough, by year’s end.

Merkel targets China on human rights and trade but tempers with praise on climate
Chinese investors, beware: EU vows to take aim at ‘golden visas’ programmes

Such passports, which some nations issue in return for investments, are popular because they effectively give freedom of movement among all EU member states.

28 Sep 2020 - 4:14AM

Such passports, which some nations issue in return for investments, are popular because they effectively give freedom of movement among all EU member states.

Chinese investors, beware: EU vows to take aim at ‘golden visas’ programmes
EU leader at UN calls out China for its human rights record and its business practices

‘We do not share the values on which the political and economic system in China is based,’ European Council President Charles Michel says; earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron called for an international mission to Xinjiang.

26 Sep 2020 - 7:22AM

‘We do not share the values on which the political and economic system in China is based,’ European Council President Charles Michel says; earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron called for an international mission to Xinjiang.

EU leader at UN calls out China for its human rights record and its business practices
EU backs China carbon neutral pledge but ‘more climate work to be done’

Carbon neutrality a bold move and shows Xi’s willingness to mix climate and geopolitics, analyst says.

23 Sep 2020 - 10:51PM

Carbon neutrality a bold move and shows Xi’s willingness to mix climate and geopolitics, analyst says.

EU backs China carbon neutral pledge but ‘more climate work to be done’
Beijing’s EU envoy criticises unfriendly business environment for Chinese companies

China’s ambassador to the EU says Europe is becoming more antagonistic to Chinese companies and hurting business confidence.

22 Sep 2020 - 11:27PM

China’s ambassador to the EU says Europe is becoming more antagonistic to Chinese companies and hurting business confidence.

Beijing’s EU envoy criticises unfriendly business environment for Chinese companies
Mike Pompeo and top EU diplomat to discuss ‘increasing shared concerns about China’

The US and China both have been trying to engage Europe, as they see the continent as crucial amid their worsening rivalry.

19 Sep 2020 - 10:09PM

The US and China both have been trying to engage Europe, as they see the continent as crucial amid their worsening rivalry.

Mike Pompeo and top EU diplomat to discuss ‘increasing shared concerns about China’
European chief singles out China’s moves on Hong Kong, Xinjiang as she unveils new sanctions scheme

If China does not open its markets Europe must move to protect itself, says German ambassador to EU.

16 Sep 2020 - 10:14PM

If China does not open its markets Europe must move to protect itself, says German ambassador to EU.

European chief singles out China’s moves on Hong Kong, Xinjiang as she unveils new sanctions scheme
China pledges expanded trade with EU but stops short on market access concessions

Virtual summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of European trading bloc leaves much work still to do.

15 Sep 2020 - 11:52PM

Virtual summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of European trading bloc leaves much work still to do.

China pledges expanded trade with EU but stops short on market access concessions
Germany’s Angela Merkel says ‘political will’ exists to wrap up EU-China investment deal

Chancellor’s comments come after a virtual summit meeting between EU leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who says the talks will be ‘expedited’.

15 Sep 2020 - 12:33PM

Chancellor’s comments come after a virtual summit meeting between EU leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who says the talks will be ‘expedited’.

Germany’s Angela Merkel says ‘political will’ exists to wrap up EU-China investment deal
China-EU relations: can Xi Jinping win over European leaders at virtual summit?

Chinese leader will have to make concessions if he is to prevent Brussels moving closer to Washington than Beijing, sources say.

14 Sep 2020 - 6:01AM

Chinese leader will have to make concessions if he is to prevent Brussels moving closer to Washington than Beijing, sources say.

China-EU relations: can Xi Jinping win over European leaders at virtual summit?
China-EU relations: Liu He, Margrethe Vestager hold ‘constructive’ talks on global digital security

Vice-premier makes no direct mention of Beijing’s new Initiative on Global Data Security but hints at the spirit of it, source says.

10 Sep 2020 - 11:30PM

Vice-premier makes no direct mention of Beijing’s new Initiative on Global Data Security but hints at the spirit of it, source says.

China-EU relations: Liu He, Margrethe Vestager hold ‘constructive’ talks on global digital security
China-EU relations: Liu He set to promote Beijing’s global data security initiative at Thursday’s talks

Initiative on Global Data Security was not on agenda, but source says Liu is expected to raise it in virtual meeting with EC executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager.

9 Sep 2020 - 11:28PM

Initiative on Global Data Security was not on agenda, but source says Liu is expected to raise it in virtual meeting with EC executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager.

China-EU relations: Liu He set to promote Beijing’s global data security initiative at Thursday’s talks
Xi Jinping likely to face criticism over Hong Kong crackdown during EU summit

Beijing’s national security law and recent arrests are expected to be topic of discussion during online meeting on Monday.

9 Sep 2020 - 6:58AM

Beijing’s national security law and recent arrests are expected to be topic of discussion during online meeting on Monday.

Xi Jinping likely to face criticism over Hong Kong crackdown during EU summit
EU looks for trade action on China in trimmed down summit with Xi Jinping

‘Last chance’ for Chinese president to win over European bloc ahead of November’s US election.

8 Sep 2020 - 8:14AM

‘Last chance’ for Chinese president to win over European bloc ahead of November’s US election.

EU looks for trade action on China in trimmed down summit with Xi Jinping
Chinese foreign minister sees only limited diplomatic gains from European trip

Wang Yi calls on EU to resist US efforts to decouple economically from China, but tour is filled with signs of diplomatic ‘promise fatigue’ with Beijing and Europe’s own wariness of dealing with China.

3 Sep 2020 - 10:39PM

Wang Yi calls on EU to resist US efforts to decouple economically from China, but tour is filled with signs of diplomatic ‘promise fatigue’ with Beijing and Europe’s own wariness of dealing with China.

Chinese foreign minister sees only limited diplomatic gains from European trip
Germany urges withdrawal of Hong Kong security law, seeks access to Uygurs in Xinjiang

Four of the five European countries Wang Yi visited raised concerns publicly with him over Hong Kong, leaving the Chinese official on the defensive.

2 Sep 2020 - 11:27PM

Four of the five European countries Wang Yi visited raised concerns publicly with him over Hong Kong, leaving the Chinese official on the defensive.

Germany urges withdrawal of Hong Kong security law, seeks access to Uygurs in Xinjiang
Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit Greece and Spain this week

The unusual arrangement of back-to-back European visits by two high-level Chinese foreign policy officials signals Beijing’s urgency to prevent further European strategic rebalancing in favour of the US, said analysts.

1 Sep 2020 - 9:41AM

The unusual arrangement of back-to-back European visits by two high-level Chinese foreign policy officials signals Beijing’s urgency to prevent further European strategic rebalancing in favour of the US, said analysts.

Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit Greece and Spain this week
China calls on Europe to unite against ‘extremist’ US forces

We never talk about ‘China first’, Chinese foreign minister says in Paris on second-last stop on European tour.

30 Aug 2020 - 10:41PM

We never talk about ‘China first’, Chinese foreign minister says in Paris on second-last stop on European tour.

China calls on Europe to unite against ‘extremist’ US forces
EU must correct China economic ties before it’s too late: Josep Borrell

European Union foreign policy chief describes China as a new empire and says bloc must learn to speak the language of power.

30 Aug 2020 - 8:04PM

European Union foreign policy chief describes China as a new empire and says bloc must learn to speak the language of power.

EU must correct China economic ties before it’s too late: Josep Borrell