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European Parliament approves motion on Hong Kong, as Beijing calls it full of ‘ignorance and prejudice’

Do the 85 European politicians who tabled the document understand ‘the basic concept of the rule of law?’, foreign ministry’s office in city asks.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:35PM

Do the 85 European politicians who tabled the document understand ‘the basic concept of the rule of law?’, foreign ministry’s office in city asks.

European Parliament approves motion on Hong Kong, as Beijing calls it full of ‘ignorance and prejudice’
European MPs’ motion calls for Hong Kong to withdraw extradition bill and start democratic reform

The motion, to be debated in Europe’s parliament on Thursday, also calls for democratic reform, an EU ban on supplying weapons to Hong Kong police, and China to uphold the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

18 Jul 2019 - 12:39PM

The motion, to be debated in Europe’s parliament on Thursday, also calls for democratic reform, an EU ban on supplying weapons to Hong Kong police, and China to uphold the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

European MPs’ motion calls for Hong Kong to withdraw extradition bill and start democratic reform
New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen vows to uphold the rules-based order ‘the European way’

Victory ushers the hawkish ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel onto a path of potentially more challenging EU-China relations. The first-ever female head of the European Commission says ‘we want fair trade’.

17 Jul 2019 - 10:46PM

Victory ushers the hawkish ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel onto a path of potentially more challenging EU-China relations. The first-ever female head of the European Commission says ‘we want fair trade’.

New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen vows to uphold the rules-based order ‘the European way’
EU 5G policy official named to lead cybersecurity agency amid calls for tougher China stance

Juhan Lepassaar was until last month the head of cabinet for the EU’s commissioner for digital affairs, Andrus Ansip. The office has been hammering out the EU’s defining policies for regulating next-generation 5G mobile technology.

17 Jul 2019 - 12:46AM

Juhan Lepassaar was until last month the head of cabinet for the EU’s commissioner for digital affairs, Andrus Ansip. The office has been hammering out the EU’s defining policies for regulating next-generation 5G mobile technology.

EU 5G policy official named to lead cybersecurity agency amid calls for tougher China stance
Europe must stick together, Romano Prodi says

If France, Italy fail to maintain unity, Europe will disappear, former European Commission president says.

15 Jul 2019 - 12:00AM

If France, Italy fail to maintain unity, Europe will disappear, former European Commission president says.

Europe must stick together, Romano Prodi says
‘Never mind Mao, the Chinese wanted to talk about Maradona’: what 30 years of engagement taught one veteran statesman

Former Italian PM got a sense of the country’s grand ambitions when he learned the country’s leaders were trying to court one of the world’s biggest sports stars

14 Jul 2019 - 10:57PM

Former Italian PM got a sense of the country’s grand ambitions when he learned the country’s leaders were trying to court one of the world’s biggest sports stars

‘Never mind Mao, the Chinese wanted to talk about Maradona’: what 30 years of engagement taught one veteran statesman
China should avoid moves seen as ‘trying to split Europe’, former European Commission chief says

Former European Commission president singles out Beijing-led ‘16+1’ platform, saying it isn’t in the country’s interest to create division.

12 Jul 2019 - 11:09PM

Former European Commission president singles out Beijing-led ‘16+1’ platform, saying it isn’t in the country’s interest to create division.

China should avoid moves seen as ‘trying to split Europe’, former European Commission chief says
Canada’s foreign minister rips ex-ambassador to China for ‘advising’ Beijing on election

Chrystia Freeland says it was ‘highly inappropriate’ for John McCallum to tell China that its policies would give hardliners the edge in the upcoming Canadian election.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:32PM

Chrystia Freeland says it was ‘highly inappropriate’ for John McCallum to tell China that its policies would give hardliners the edge in the upcoming Canadian election.

Canada’s foreign minister rips ex-ambassador to China for ‘advising’ Beijing on election
US asks Swiss courts to extradite Chinese scientist accused of stealing drug secrets

Xue Gongda is accused of helping his sister Joyce Xue Yu to steal US$550m worth of information from the British drug firm GlaxoSmithKline.

8 Jul 2019 - 9:58PM

Xue Gongda is accused of helping his sister Joyce Xue Yu to steal US$550m worth of information from the British drug firm GlaxoSmithKline.

US asks Swiss courts to extradite Chinese scientist accused of stealing drug secrets
Why Greece’s new government is likely to stay close to China

The New Democracy party of newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis started the process of building a closer relationship with Beijing.

10 Jul 2019 - 4:10PM

The New Democracy party of newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis started the process of building a closer relationship with Beijing.

Why Greece’s new government is likely to stay close to China
Grace Meng, wife of fallen Interpol head Meng Hongwei, sues the police agency for ‘failing to assist her’

In lawsuit filed with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Grace Meng asserts the global policing body threatened her if she spoke out.

7 Jul 2019 - 10:43PM

In lawsuit filed with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Grace Meng asserts the global policing body threatened her if she spoke out.

Grace Meng, wife of fallen Interpol head Meng Hongwei, sues the police agency for ‘failing to assist her’
Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead European Commission – but will she be tougher on China?

EU countries’ choice to replace Jean-Claude Juncker gave interview in January in which she said that the threat from China had been ‘overlooked’, and that Chinese people would not put up with Beijing’s social credit system in the long run.

3 Jul 2019 - 11:30PM

EU countries’ choice to replace Jean-Claude Juncker gave interview in January in which she said that the threat from China had been ‘overlooked’, and that Chinese people would not put up with Beijing’s social credit system in the long run.

Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead European Commission – but will she be tougher on China?
British PM hopeful Jeremy Hunt urges Xi Jinping to keep Hong Kong’s freedoms

Foreign secretary shows sympathy for protesters’ cause after storming of legislature building, and says that 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration – which guarantees a degree of autonomy for Hong Kong – remains effective.

2 Jul 2019 - 10:24AM

Foreign secretary shows sympathy for protesters’ cause after storming of legislature building, and says that 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration – which guarantees a degree of autonomy for Hong Kong – remains effective.

British PM hopeful Jeremy Hunt urges Xi Jinping to keep Hong Kong’s freedoms
Chinese diplomats look to Europe ahead of Xi-Trump trade showdown at G20

But analysts say they cannot see EU acting as a mediator in Osaka.

26 Jun 2019 - 10:26PM

But analysts say they cannot see EU acting as a mediator in Osaka.

Chinese diplomats look to Europe ahead of Xi-Trump trade showdown at G20
Chinese ex-official Qiao Jianjun arrested again in Sweden – this time at request of US

Qiao Jianjun, former head of grain storage facility, will deny all charges, which include money laundering, and contest extradition, lawyer says.

25 Jun 2019 - 3:28PM

Qiao Jianjun, former head of grain storage facility, will deny all charges, which include money laundering, and contest extradition, lawyer says.

Chinese ex-official Qiao Jianjun arrested again in Sweden – this time at request of US
German economy minister meets Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei for ‘factual’ talks

Peter Altmaier says the Chinese tech company is ‘well aware’ it needs to meet higher security standards to operate in Germany.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:02PM

Peter Altmaier says the Chinese tech company is ‘well aware’ it needs to meet higher security standards to operate in Germany.

German economy minister meets Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei for ‘factual’ talks
China-Britain trade deal secured, despite UK’s Hong Kong concerns

British trade officials’ anxious moments unfounded as £500 million agreement signed.

18 Jun 2019 - 11:17PM

British trade officials’ anxious moments unfounded as £500 million agreement signed.

China-Britain trade deal secured, despite UK’s Hong Kong concerns
Vigilant of the past, Germany wades warily into the South China Sea

Berlin is split over plan to join EU allies in US-style ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises in South China Sea, while Chancellor Angela Merkel faces opposition from public over plans to join international military operations.

12 Jun 2019 - 8:14AM

Berlin is split over plan to join EU allies in US-style ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises in South China Sea, while Chancellor Angela Merkel faces opposition from public over plans to join international military operations.

Vigilant of the past, Germany wades warily into the South China Sea
Beijing confirms nomination of ex-Hong Kong police chief Andy Tsang to lead UN agency fighting drug crimes, terrorism and political corruption

The nomination is China’s first attempt to fill a top position at a major international body since it detained Meng Hongwei, then head of Interpol, last year.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:32PM

The nomination is China’s first attempt to fill a top position at a major international body since it detained Meng Hongwei, then head of Interpol, last year.

Beijing confirms nomination of ex-Hong Kong police chief Andy Tsang to lead UN agency fighting drug crimes, terrorism and political corruption
Beijing wants ex-Hong Kong police chief Andy Tsang, a tough-on-crime official, to lead UN agency fighting drug crimes

The nomination of Andy Tsang is Beijing’s first attempt to fill a top position at a major international organisation since it arrested Interpol chief Meng Hongwei.

5 Jun 2019 - 4:26PM

The nomination of Andy Tsang is Beijing’s first attempt to fill a top position at a major international organisation since it arrested Interpol chief Meng Hongwei.

Beijing wants ex-Hong Kong police chief Andy Tsang, a tough-on-crime official, to lead UN agency fighting drug crimes
Donald Trump would have ‘no problem’ with Huawei receiving a limited role in Britain’s 5G development plans

‘We are going to have absolutely an agreement on Huawei,’ US president says alongside British PM Teresa May. China trade-war friction won’t disrupt British-American relations, he promises.

5 Jun 2019 - 4:27AM

‘We are going to have absolutely an agreement on Huawei,’ US president says alongside British PM Teresa May. China trade-war friction won’t disrupt British-American relations, he promises.

Donald Trump would have ‘no problem’ with Huawei receiving a limited role in Britain’s 5G development plans
Top EU technology official still concerned about Beijing’s access to data from Chinese firms

Andrus Ansip, in charge of EU digital issues, says the possibility of cybersecurity breaches in 5G networks is troubling, a day after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tried to allay such concerns at the EU-China summit.

11 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

Andrus Ansip, in charge of EU digital issues, says the possibility of cybersecurity breaches in 5G networks is troubling, a day after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tried to allay such concerns at the EU-China summit.

Top EU technology official still concerned about Beijing’s access to data from Chinese firms
Hopes high that EU-China joint statement on opening up is more than just words

Diplomatic observers say that given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for the development of a monitoring mechanism is a significant achievement.

11 Apr 2019 - 2:18PM

Diplomatic observers say that given pre-summit tensions, the release of a statement and commitment to a timetable for the development of a monitoring mechanism is a significant achievement.

Hopes high that EU-China joint statement on opening up is more than just words
Before a joint statement, a threat: EU diplomats nearly walked out of talks with China

A rare show of EU hostility, analysts said, reflected its impatience with China’s lack of follow-through on market reforms.

10 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM

A rare show of EU hostility, analysts said, reflected its impatience with China’s lack of follow-through on market reforms.

Before a joint statement, a threat: EU diplomats nearly walked out of talks with China
As China-EU summit ends, Premier Li Keqiang vows reforms: ‘When we say it, we have got to do it’

China and the European Union try to smooth over differences at annual meeting amid increased trade tensions, drafting a joint statement, despite earlier suggestions EU leaders might walk away.

17 Apr 2019 - 7:20PM

China and the European Union try to smooth over differences at annual meeting amid increased trade tensions, drafting a joint statement, despite earlier suggestions EU leaders might walk away.

As China-EU summit ends, Premier Li Keqiang vows reforms: ‘When we say it, we have got to do it’
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang braces for EU meeting as Brexit takes up Brussels’ attention

European leaders, emboldened by Trump’s trade war, look for leverage on trade and investment opportunities but Brexit keeps getting in the way.

10 Apr 2019 - 12:01AM

European leaders, emboldened by Trump’s trade war, look for leverage on trade and investment opportunities but Brexit keeps getting in the way.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang braces for EU meeting as Brexit takes up Brussels’ attention
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang insists Beijing supports united EU amid ‘divide and rule’ fears

Premier seeks to address criticism of China’s dealings with EU states, before Brussels meetings in which EC President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to ask China to speed up openness to European firms.

8 Apr 2019 - 11:36PM

Premier seeks to address criticism of China’s dealings with EU states, before Brussels meetings in which EC President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to ask China to speed up openness to European firms.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang insists Beijing supports united EU amid ‘divide and rule’ fears
Greece’s ancient civilisation was once a lure for China’s leaders. Now it could prove their nemesis

China’s grand plans for the port of Piraeus near Athens are running into difficulties, partly because of the heritage that attracted Beijing in the first place.

9 Apr 2019 - 6:22AM

China’s grand plans for the port of Piraeus near Athens are running into difficulties, partly because of the heritage that attracted Beijing in the first place.

Greece’s ancient civilisation was once a lure for China’s leaders. Now it could prove their nemesis
Greece says EU’s China concerns must not harm its economic interests

Deputy prime minister Yannis Dragasakis hopes ‘logic will prevail’ ahead of EU-China summit and affirms Greek support for Beijing’s belt and road plan for global trade.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:19PM

Deputy prime minister Yannis Dragasakis hopes ‘logic will prevail’ ahead of EU-China summit and affirms Greek support for Beijing’s belt and road plan for global trade.

Greece says EU’s China concerns must not harm its economic interests
China, EU leaders’ plan for joint statement in Brussels hits snag over market access row, EU sources say

Two sides said to be at odds over extent to which access to China’s market should be improved. Months of talks have focused on the wording of a possible joint statement during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit.

6 Apr 2019 - 11:29PM

Two sides said to be at odds over extent to which access to China’s market should be improved. Months of talks have focused on the wording of a possible joint statement during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit.

China, EU leaders’ plan for joint statement in Brussels hits snag over market access row, EU sources say