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Britain introduces new policies to end supply-chain links to Xinjiang

‘Our aim, put simply, is that no company that profits from forced labour in Xinjiang can do business in the UK,’ British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says.

‘Our aim, put simply, is that no company that profits from forced labour in Xinjiang can do business in the UK,’ British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says.

Britain introduces new policies to end supply-chain links to Xinjiang
13 Jan 2021 - 3:26AM
Hong Kong arrests threaten passage of EU-China investment deal, European Parliament members say

‘No one should make the mistake of assuming there are built-in majorities for any deal’, says Bernd Lange, head of the parliament’s trade committee, though European Commission is still keen to get it done.

‘No one should make the mistake of assuming there are built-in majorities for any deal’, says Bernd Lange, head of the parliament’s trade committee, though European Commission is still keen to get it done.

Hong Kong arrests threaten passage of EU-China investment deal, European Parliament members say
8 Jan 2021 - 12:17AM
China-EU ties: all eyes on Macron as Merkel prepares to hand over policy reins

French president is advocate of engagement with China but says the West should not be naive about the country.

French president is advocate of engagement with China but says the West should not be naive about the country.

China-EU ties: all eyes on Macron as Merkel prepares to hand over policy reins
2 Jan 2021 - 1:30AM
China-EU investment deal: leaders conclude marathon negotiations via video link

EU praises Beijing for making an ‘unprecedented commitment’ to provide certainty and predictability to EU businesses.

EU praises Beijing for making an ‘unprecedented commitment’ to provide certainty and predictability to EU businesses.

China-EU investment deal: leaders conclude marathon negotiations via video link
31 Dec 2020 - 9:11AM
China-EU investment deal: draft text shows Beijing to broadly open market to European firms, but some sectors remain off limits

China will retain tight control over key sectors of its economy under a new investment deal with the EU, despite broadly opening its market to European firms, a leaked draft text shows.

China will retain tight control over key sectors of its economy under a new investment deal with the EU, despite broadly opening its market to European firms, a leaked draft text shows.

China-EU investment deal: draft text shows Beijing to broadly open market to European firms, but some sectors remain off limits
30 Dec 2020 - 11:33PM
European Commission seeks support for its ‘good and solid’ investment deal with China

The European Commission boasted success in securing a commitment from China to make efforts to ratify key international conventions against forced labour.

The European Commission boasted success in securing a commitment from China to make efforts to ratify key international conventions against forced labour.

European Commission seeks support for its ‘good and solid’ investment deal with China
30 Dec 2020 - 2:35AM
China-EU investment deal: Xi Jinping and European leaders set for final push to seal agreement

The Chinese president will discuss the final details with Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday as Brussels expects it to be ready by end of week.

The Chinese president will discuss the final details with Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday as Brussels expects it to be ready by end of week.

China-EU investment deal: Xi Jinping and European leaders set for final push to seal agreement
30 Dec 2020 - 9:24AM
All EU member states back China investment deal, sources say

Agreement ‘could be reached’ this week following movement on major sticking point.

Agreement ‘could be reached’ this week following movement on major sticking point.

All EU member states back China investment deal, sources say
29 Dec 2020 - 10:15AM
China premier Li Keqiang scrambles to shore up support for investment agreement with EU

Premier Li calls prime ministers of Spain and the Netherlands, according to Xinhua, seeking ‘an early conclusion’ to the deal.

Premier Li calls prime ministers of Spain and the Netherlands, according to Xinhua, seeking ‘an early conclusion’ to the deal.

China premier Li Keqiang scrambles to shore up support for investment agreement with EU
29 Dec 2020 - 10:23AM
On brink of China-EU investment deal, eleventh-hour pressure comes from US and within Europe

Days after Chinese foreign minister said the deal would prove the EU and China had much in common, Poland says it need not be rushed through.

Days after Chinese foreign minister said the deal would prove the EU and China had much in common, Poland says it need not be rushed through.

On brink of China-EU investment deal, eleventh-hour pressure comes from US and within Europe
29 Dec 2020 - 10:24AM
Coronavirus: Europe’s young hit hard, reeling from Covid-19 impact

Keen amateur runner Max Sprick, 33, found himself struggling to walk more than a few steps after he contracted the disease.

Keen amateur runner Max Sprick, 33, found himself struggling to walk more than a few steps after he contracted the disease.

Coronavirus: Europe’s young hit hard, reeling from Covid-19 impact
5 Jan 2021 - 4:33PM
Xinjiang forced labour concerns threaten to derail China’s investment deal with EU

Officials say European Parliament could refuse to endorse deal over Beijing’s failure to commit to International Labour Organisation standards.

Officials say European Parliament could refuse to endorse deal over Beijing’s failure to commit to International Labour Organisation standards.

Xinjiang forced labour concerns threaten to derail China’s investment deal with EU
20 Dec 2020 - 10:47PM
China-EU investment deal will not be a panacea for troubled relationship, observers say

While an agreement looks imminent, ‘it remains to be seen how China addresses the EU’s many long-standing concerns’, academic says.

While an agreement looks imminent, ‘it remains to be seen how China addresses the EU’s many long-standing concerns’, academic says.

China-EU investment deal will not be a panacea for troubled relationship, observers say
21 Dec 2020 - 5:20PM
EU states on course to approve China investment deal, but concerns over forced labour remain potential stumbling block

Diplomatic sources say most member states have given proposed agreement their conditional backing, despite failure to secure commitment on workers’ rights.

Diplomatic sources say most member states have given proposed agreement their conditional backing, despite failure to secure commitment on workers’ rights.

EU states on course to approve China investment deal, but concerns over forced labour remain potential stumbling block
19 Dec 2020 - 12:32AM
EU agrees ‘in principle’ to an investment agreement with China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are understood to be in agreement for the investment deal with China to go ahead, said a source.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are understood to be in agreement for the investment deal with China to go ahead, said a source.

EU agrees ‘in principle’ to an investment agreement with China
29 Dec 2020 - 10:17AM
European Parliament resolution would seek sanctions on Chinese officials in Xinjiang

The motion comes after the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, dodged questions about plans to sanction officials found to have suppressed Uygurs.

The motion comes after the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, dodged questions about plans to sanction officials found to have suppressed Uygurs.

European Parliament resolution would seek sanctions on Chinese officials in Xinjiang
17 Dec 2020 - 10:45PM
Britain invites India, South Korea and Australia to the G7 summit meeting next year

The invitation comes as the US and other Western nations seek to develop a wider alliance to offset China’s growing influence.

The invitation comes as the US and other Western nations seek to develop a wider alliance to offset China’s growing influence.

Britain invites India, South Korea and Australia to the G7 summit meeting next year
16 Dec 2020 - 2:32AM
China’s tech firms stand by for new rules in Europe as EU readies Digital Services Act to rein in US giants

Under expected changes platforms such as Facebook, Amazon and TikTok must tackle illegal content and misinformation if operating in the EU domain.

Under expected changes platforms such as Facebook, Amazon and TikTok must tackle illegal content and misinformation if operating in the EU domain.

China’s tech firms stand by for new rules in Europe as EU readies Digital Services Act to rein in US giants
16 Dec 2020 - 12:45AM
Hong Kong activists meet British Home Secretary Priti Patel as she finalises plans to let BN(O) passport holders move to UK

Minister holds discussion with campaigners including Nathan Law and sister of Andy Li, who was held in mainland China while trying to flee.

Minister holds discussion with campaigners including Nathan Law and sister of Andy Li, who was held in mainland China while trying to flee.

Hong Kong activists meet British Home Secretary Priti Patel as she finalises plans to let BN(O) passport holders move to UK
2 Feb 2021 - 12:40PM
EU and Britain decline, for now, to sanction Chinese officials involved in Hong Kong and Xinjiang actions

EU introduces a human rights sanctions programme, but foreign policy head avoids saying if it will be used against Beijing; British minister for Asia, discussing Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong’s jailing, says only that evidence is being collected.

EU introduces a human rights sanctions programme, but foreign policy head avoids saying if it will be used against Beijing; British minister for Asia, discussing Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong’s jailing, says only that evidence is being collected.

EU and Britain decline, for now, to sanction Chinese officials involved in Hong Kong and Xinjiang actions
8 Dec 2020 - 6:33AM
Not friends. Not enemies. Where to now for Nato on China?

A new report says Beijing poses challenges to democratic countries and the transatlantic alliance must work together to meet them.

A new report says Beijing poses challenges to democratic countries and the transatlantic alliance must work together to meet them.

Not friends. Not enemies. Where to now for Nato on China?
6 Dec 2020 - 11:52PM
Climate change: EU proposes green tech alliance with Biden team in US, signalling less reliance on China

Europe has grown wary of its dependence on China and will look elsewhere for a partner on clean and circular technology.

Europe has grown wary of its dependence on China and will look elsewhere for a partner on clean and circular technology.

Climate change: EU proposes green tech alliance with Biden team in US, signalling less reliance on China
3 Dec 2020 - 10:43PM
Nato report says China could pose military threat to Europe and US

Member nations are called on to ‘increase capacity to anticipate and react to Chinese activities that undermine allies’ security’.

Member nations are called on to ‘increase capacity to anticipate and react to Chinese activities that undermine allies’ security’.

Nato report says China could pose military threat to Europe and US
2 Dec 2020 - 11:26PM
US and EU should join forces to check China’s influence in Africa, Indo-Pacific, Republican senator proposes

Report by chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee says a transatlantic partnership could foster private-sector investment and ensure maritime security.

Report by chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee says a transatlantic partnership could foster private-sector investment and ensure maritime security.

US and EU should join forces to check China’s influence in Africa, Indo-Pacific, Republican senator proposes
1 Dec 2020 - 11:04PM
Britain turns to Japanese telecoms firm NEC after banning China’s Huawei from 5G network

UK repeats commitment to banning ‘high-risk’ vendors from its network as it announces new partnership.

UK repeats commitment to banning ‘high-risk’ vendors from its network as it announces new partnership.

Britain turns to Japanese telecoms firm NEC after banning China’s Huawei from 5G network
30 Nov 2020 - 11:12PM
Xi Jinping calls for Germany, Europe to ‘remain open to Chinese companies’

China’s leader also vowed to conclude investment deal with the EU this year during conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

China’s leader also vowed to conclude investment deal with the EU this year during conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Xi Jinping calls for Germany, Europe to ‘remain open to Chinese companies’
24 Nov 2020 - 11:48PM
China reminds EU to chart its own course as European leaders reach out to Biden

Chinese foreign minister seeks briefing on the bloc’s initiative for a transatlantic alliance with US president-elect.

Chinese foreign minister seeks briefing on the bloc’s initiative for a transatlantic alliance with US president-elect.

China reminds EU to chart its own course as European leaders reach out to Biden
24 Nov 2020 - 8:00PM
RCEP a ‘wake-up call’ for Europe and the US to unite against China

Leader of European Parliament’s largest party says reunification of so-called Western world needed now.

Leader of European Parliament’s largest party says reunification of so-called Western world needed now.

RCEP a ‘wake-up call’ for Europe and the US to unite against China
18 Nov 2020 - 11:46PM
European leaders call for unity with US against China

French and German foreign ministers say Brussels and Washington should ‘consult’ to coordinate their approach.

French and German foreign ministers say Brussels and Washington should ‘consult’ to coordinate their approach.

European leaders call for unity with US against China
18 Nov 2020 - 3:09AM
French president takes China rhetoric off the table in low-key meeting with US Secretary of State Pompeo

French president is among world leaders to congratulate Joe Biden on winning US election but meets key Trump administration member on post-election tour.

French president is among world leaders to congratulate Joe Biden on winning US election but meets key Trump administration member on post-election tour.

French president takes China rhetoric off the table in low-key meeting with US Secretary of State Pompeo
17 Nov 2020 - 4:26PM