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COP25 summit: Expected to be cooling influence at UN climate conference, China instead lets Brazil heat up

Joining Brasilia in threat to block agreement on carbon markets, Beijing disappoints western climate diplomats and negotiators.

13 Dec 2019 - 9:55PM

Joining Brasilia in threat to block agreement on carbon markets, Beijing disappoints western climate diplomats and negotiators.

COP25 summit: Expected to be cooling influence at UN climate conference, China instead lets Brazil heat up
COP25 summit: China leads four-nation attack over ‘imbalances’ in UN climate-change negotiations

Joint statement with Brazil, South Africa and India, calling on wealthier nations to provide developing countries more funding, comes as critics say China has done too little in cutting reliance on coal and Brazil has failed to defend the Amazon.

12 Dec 2019 - 11:43PM

Joint statement with Brazil, South Africa and India, calling on wealthier nations to provide developing countries more funding, comes as critics say China has done too little in cutting reliance on coal and Brazil has failed to defend the Amazon.

COP25 summit: China leads four-nation attack over ‘imbalances’ in UN climate-change negotiations
Belgian university closes its Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute after spying claims

Vrije Universiteit Brussel says working with the organisation is no longer consistent with its policies, after accusations against Song Xinning, former head of the institute on its campus.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:29PM

Vrije Universiteit Brussel says working with the organisation is no longer consistent with its policies, after accusations against Song Xinning, former head of the institute on its campus.

Belgian university closes its Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute after spying claims
China’s new climate negotiator takes swipe at US in debut at UN summit in Madrid

Environment vice-minister Zhao Yingmin takes over as China’s importance grows following US withdrawal from talks.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:59PM

Environment vice-minister Zhao Yingmin takes over as China’s importance grows following US withdrawal from talks.

China’s new climate negotiator takes swipe at US in debut at UN summit in Madrid
Nearly half of Britons would let Hongkongers with British passports live in UK, survey finds

Calls for BN (O)-holding Hongkongers to receive the right of abode have been rising in Britain amid the city’s increasing violence from protesters and police.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:38PM

Calls for BN (O)-holding Hongkongers to receive the right of abode have been rising in Britain amid the city’s increasing violence from protesters and police.

Nearly half of Britons would let Hongkongers with British passports live in UK, survey finds
Nato allies single out China and its policies as a strategic ‘challenge’

The transatlantic military alliance considers a build-up in China’s military capabilities and its cybersecurity threats to be looming problems.

5 Dec 2019 - 2:55AM

The transatlantic military alliance considers a build-up in China’s military capabilities and its cybersecurity threats to be looming problems.

Nato allies single out China and its policies as a strategic ‘challenge’
Hongkongers make BN(O) passports an election issue for British foreign secretary Dominic Raab

A report that Raab has blocked plans to grant full citizenship to holders of British National (Overseas) passports has galvanised Hong Kong activists in Britain.

2 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM

A report that Raab has blocked plans to grant full citizenship to holders of British National (Overseas) passports has galvanised Hong Kong activists in Britain.

Hongkongers make BN(O) passports an election issue for British foreign secretary Dominic Raab
Europe needs to adopt a harder line on relations with China, former envoy says

There is now an awareness that Europe ‘can no longer rely on vague promises of reform [from Beijing] but needs to develop its own instruments to level the playing field’, ex-EU ambassador to China Dietmar Schweisgut says.

1 Dec 2019 - 11:01PM

There is now an awareness that Europe ‘can no longer rely on vague promises of reform [from Beijing] but needs to develop its own instruments to level the playing field’, ex-EU ambassador to China Dietmar Schweisgut says.

Europe needs to adopt a harder line on relations with China, former envoy says
Germany steps up criticism over China’s Xinjiang policies with call for it to ‘meet its international human rights obligations’

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issues warning in wake of publication of documents that ‘highlight workings of mass detention camps’.

27 Nov 2019 - 6:19AM

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issues warning in wake of publication of documents that ‘highlight workings of mass detention camps’.

Germany steps up criticism over China’s Xinjiang policies with call for it to ‘meet its international human rights obligations’
German minister and US envoy clash over Huawei’s possible participation in Germany’s 5G network

Economic minister says risk of Huawei transmitting German data to Chinese spies is no greater than what ‘unreliable’ US has already done; US ambassador calls that ‘an insult’ to Americans who help Germany’s security.

26 Nov 2019 - 11:08PM

Economic minister says risk of Huawei transmitting German data to Chinese spies is no greater than what ‘unreliable’ US has already done; US ambassador calls that ‘an insult’ to Americans who help Germany’s security.

German minister and US envoy clash over Huawei’s possible participation in Germany’s 5G network
Former Hong Kong top cop Andy Tsang misses out on plum UN posting

Decision in Tsang’s favour would be ‘diplomatically unsafe’ according to source.

23 Nov 2019 - 11:30PM

Decision in Tsang’s favour would be ‘diplomatically unsafe’ according to source.

Former Hong Kong top cop Andy Tsang misses out on plum UN posting
Make BN(O) Hongkongers full British citizens, Boris Johnson urged by top political figures as UK election approaches

Several influential parliamentarians call on prime minister to give holders of the British National (Overseas) passports full citizenship, injecting the issue into Britain’s elections.

22 Nov 2019 - 11:40PM

Several influential parliamentarians call on prime minister to give holders of the British National (Overseas) passports full citizenship, injecting the issue into Britain’s elections.

Make BN(O) Hongkongers full British citizens, Boris Johnson urged by top political figures as UK election approaches
UK foreign minister Dominic Raab to raise Hong Kong protests in talks with French and German counterparts

The diplomatic force of European action will be strongest if the three countries act together, says an advocate for the pro-democracy demonstrators.

20 Nov 2019 - 4:27PM

The diplomatic force of European action will be strongest if the three countries act together, says an advocate for the pro-democracy demonstrators.

UK foreign minister Dominic Raab to raise Hong Kong protests in talks with French and German counterparts
Hong Kong’s district council elections must proceed as planned, European Union urges

Ruling out a delay would ‘send an important signal about democratic rights under the Basic Law’, 28-nation bloc says, as it calls for de-escalation, proportionate policing and an inquiry, amid an ongoing siege at a university.

19 Nov 2019 - 8:59PM

Ruling out a delay would ‘send an important signal about democratic rights under the Basic Law’, 28-nation bloc says, as it calls for de-escalation, proportionate policing and an inquiry, amid an ongoing siege at a university.

Hong Kong’s district council elections must proceed as planned, European Union urges
China has the ‘resolution and power’ to end Hong Kong unrest amid protests, says ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming

Diplomat says central government will not ‘sit on its hands and watch’ if the situation deteriorates and restates government’s backing for city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam

19 Nov 2019 - 12:02AM

Diplomat says central government will not ‘sit on its hands and watch’ if the situation deteriorates and restates government’s backing for city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam

China has the ‘resolution and power’ to end Hong Kong unrest amid protests, says ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming
China demands British authorities investigate after Hong Kong minister falls in confrontation with London protesters

Teresa Cheng was surrounded by group of protesters during visit intended to promote city as centre for dispute resolution.

15 Nov 2019 - 6:44PM

Teresa Cheng was surrounded by group of protesters during visit intended to promote city as centre for dispute resolution.

China demands British authorities investigate after Hong Kong minister falls in confrontation with London protesters
Hong Kong justice secretary Teresa Cheng injured in London while surrounded by protesters

Cabinet member, considered a key figure in the drafting of the now-withdrawn extradition bill, hurts arm in fall.

15 Nov 2019 - 6:43PM

Cabinet member, considered a key figure in the drafting of the now-withdrawn extradition bill, hurts arm in fall.

Hong Kong justice secretary Teresa Cheng injured in London while surrounded by protesters
If Beijing puts troops in Hong Kong, Washington should suspend the city’s trade status, US commission says

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission also says export control measures on mainland companies should be applied to their Hong Kong units, after China calls for tougher crackdown on anti-government protests.

15 Nov 2019 - 10:18AM

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission also says export control measures on mainland companies should be applied to their Hong Kong units, after China calls for tougher crackdown on anti-government protests.

If Beijing puts troops in Hong Kong, Washington should suspend the city’s trade status, US commission says
Xi Jinping hails Greece deals as model for Chinese cooperation with Europe

Chinese president and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sign 16 deals, including extradition treaty and investment agreements.

11 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

Chinese president and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sign 16 deals, including extradition treaty and investment agreements.

Xi Jinping hails Greece deals as model for Chinese cooperation with Europe
Greece set to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping as EU, US look on with concern

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be keen to secure Chinese investment without upsetting his allies in Brussels, Washington.

9 Nov 2019 - 11:08PM

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be keen to secure Chinese investment without upsetting his allies in Brussels, Washington.

Greece set to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping as EU, US look on with concern
Hong Kong and Catalonia: protest movements contrasting in style but similarly bound

As two groups thousands of miles apart express common cause, how far do the comparisons stretch? Catalans voted for independence whereas Hong Kong protesters deny this is their aim – but their central governments’ stances are equally clear.

7 Nov 2019 - 10:16PM

As two groups thousands of miles apart express common cause, how far do the comparisons stretch? Catalans voted for independence whereas Hong Kong protesters deny this is their aim – but their central governments’ stances are equally clear.

Hong Kong and Catalonia: protest movements contrasting in style but similarly bound
French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China was a success, but more could have been achieved, experts say

Paris and Beijing agree dozens of commercial deals worth US$15 billion but skirt thorny issues such as trade liberalisation and aid to Chinese state-owned companies.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:06PM

Paris and Beijing agree dozens of commercial deals worth US$15 billion but skirt thorny issues such as trade liberalisation and aid to Chinese state-owned companies.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China was a success, but more could have been achieved, experts say
China strengthens Europe ties with appointment of first special envoy

Wu Hongbo is a career diplomat who has held several posts in western Europe, including serving as ambassador to Germany from 2009-12.

1 Nov 2019 - 11:32PM

Wu Hongbo is a career diplomat who has held several posts in western Europe, including serving as ambassador to Germany from 2009-12.

China strengthens Europe ties with appointment of first special envoy
Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area

Security services in Brussels say Song Xinning, former head of Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, worked as a recruiter for Chinese intelligence services.

31 Oct 2019 - 3:49PM

Security services in Brussels say Song Xinning, former head of Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, worked as a recruiter for Chinese intelligence services.

Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area
Fourth suspect arrested in British truck deaths case

Man from Northern Ireland arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people after 39 people found dead in trailer in Essex.

26 Oct 2019 - 2:21AM

Man from Northern Ireland arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people after 39 people found dead in trailer in Essex.

Fourth suspect arrested in British truck deaths case
British police confirm 39 Essex truck victims were all Chinese nationals as human trafficking probe begins

Victims may have frozen to death as they were locked for more than 10 hours in temperatures as low as -25 Celsius in refrigerated container from Belgium.

29 Oct 2019 - 7:57PM

Victims may have frozen to death as they were locked for more than 10 hours in temperatures as low as -25 Celsius in refrigerated container from Belgium.

British police confirm 39 Essex truck victims were all Chinese nationals as human trafficking probe begins
Thailand reopens free trade talks with EU to reduce reliance on China

China accounted for 14 per cent of Thailand’s total foreign direct investment in 2018. Talks had been on hold since 2014 when a military coup in Thailand ousted the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

18 Oct 2019 - 11:03PM

China accounted for 14 per cent of Thailand’s total foreign direct investment in 2018. Talks had been on hold since 2014 when a military coup in Thailand ousted the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

Thailand reopens free trade talks with EU to reduce reliance on China
Angela Merkel to make relations with China top priority when Germany takes on EU presidency next year

Germany chancellor planning summit with Xi Jinping and all heads of government as bloc aims to present a ‘united front’ towards Beijing.

17 Oct 2019 - 11:28PM

Germany chancellor planning summit with Xi Jinping and all heads of government as bloc aims to present a ‘united front’ towards Beijing.

Angela Merkel to make relations with China top priority when Germany takes on EU presidency next year
Germany’s proposal on 5G network security leaves door open for China’s Huawei, sparking criticism

Chancellor Angela Merkel reported to have stepped in to ensure tech giant was not prohibited from pitching for network development contracts.

17 Oct 2019 - 7:48AM

Chancellor Angela Merkel reported to have stepped in to ensure tech giant was not prohibited from pitching for network development contracts.

Germany’s proposal on 5G network security leaves door open for China’s Huawei, sparking criticism
Amid headwinds, Greece gives Cosco green light for partial Piraeus port upgrade

In a tale of two new eras, Athens walks a fine line between Chinese investments and a US defence pledge.

12 Oct 2019 - 3:51AM

In a tale of two new eras, Athens walks a fine line between Chinese investments and a US defence pledge.

Amid headwinds, Greece gives Cosco green light for partial Piraeus port upgrade