Former EU ambassador to China Dietmar Schweisgut says Europe needs to focus on creating a level playing field with the Asian giant. Photo: Simon Song

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
  • Issues like the role of China’s state-owned enterprises and subsidies ‘also need to be addressed’, he says
Topic |   European Union

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Former EU ambassador to China Dietmar Schweisgut says Europe needs to focus on creating a level playing field with the Asian giant. Photo: Simon Song
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Surveillance cameras monitor school children in Akto county in Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

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’
  • UN experts have said at least a million Uygurs and others have been held in Xinjiang internment camps, but China says they are ‘vocational training camps’
Topic |   Xinjiang

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Surveillance cameras monitor school children in Akto county in Xinjiang. Photo: AFP
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