Europe can be ‘power broker’ between US and China, Macron says

By |november 12th, 2019|China, Macron, News, Paris Peace Forum, Trump, US|

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Europe can be a "power broker" between the United States and China, as the two countries continue to quarrel over the details of a future deal aimed to end the current trade impasse.

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Macron plays ‘European’ card on state visit to China

By |november 5th, 2019|China, Emmanuel Macron, European Union, France, News, trade wars, Xi Jinping|

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Shanghai on Monday (4 November), accompanied by a European Commissioner and a German minister. Europeans finally feel they have a card to play against China, while Washington remains opposed to Beijing. EURAC...

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Huawei’s billion-euro pitch to Vestager

By |november 5th, 2019|5G, China, Europe, Huawei, Margarethe Vestager, News, US|

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has released 2018 figures showing its presence in Europe provided a €12.8 billion stimulus to the EU's economy, backing the company's claim that it has become an essential element of Europe's digital ecosystem.

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French leader to raise ‘taboo’ topics in China

By |november 4th, 2019|China, Emmanuel Macron, Hong Kong protests, human rights, News, South China Sea, Uighurs, Xinjiang|

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in China on Monday (4 November) to drum up new business deals, but under warning from his hosts to keep off thorny issues such as the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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Albania offers first comments to Macron’s enlargement damper

By |oktober 31st, 2019|Albania, Angela Merkel, Berlin Process, China, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, News, North Macedonia, Russia, Turkey|

A conference in Tirana on Thursday (31 October) provided a rare insight into the state of mind of the country’s government, but also of other regional players, following the EU's recent failure to take a decision on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.

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Horror truck investigation highlights need of closer police cooperation

By |oktober 25th, 2019|Brexit, China, human trafficking, News, refugee crisis, UK|

Police were given more time on Thursday (24 October) to question a driver arrested on suspicion of murder after 39 people, believed to be Chinese nationals, were found dead in a refrigerated truck near London, with the investigation focusing on human t...

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Jailed Uighur Tohti wins European Parliament Sakharov Prize

By |oktober 24th, 2019|anti-Muslim, China, human rights, Kazakhs, mass surveillance, News, Sakharov Prize, Uighurs|

The European Parliament on Thursday (24 October) awarded the Sakharov Prize for human rights to Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in China for "separatism".

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EU almost invisible at major Silk Road forum in Georgia

By |oktober 23rd, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, China, Georgia, New Silk Road, News|

No high-level EU Commission official was to be found at the opening of a two-day Silk Road Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday (22 October), which was attended by 2,000 delegates from some 60 countries, including several EU member states. 

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‘Almost impossible’ to rival China’s business clout in Central Asia

By |oktober 11th, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, Central Asia, China, EIB, EU strategy for Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, News, Peter Burian, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan|

“China is coming with an offer nobody can refuse, while the EU is coming with an offer nobody can understand." For many in Central Asia, that phrase – although intended as a joke – best summarises the European way of doing business.

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US blacklists Chinese AI firms in reprisal against repression of Muslim minorities

By |oktober 8th, 2019|artificial intelligence, China, Donald Trump, Huawei, human rights, Kazakhs, mass surveillance, Muslims, News, totalitarian regime, Uighurs|

The US government expanded its trade blacklist to include some of China’s top artificial intelligence startups, punishing Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities and ratcheting up tensions ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington this week.

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