Category Archives: China

Nothing threatens Putin’s regime more than Ukraine

ANALYSIS/OPINION: During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House earlier this month, President Biden “firmly committed” to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and “Euro-Atlantic aspiration.” The U.S. reaffirmed Ukraine’s right to decide its own foreign policy without foreign interference.  Donbass; and seized Ukrainian vessels and sailors in the Kerch straight.  Before President Biden’s summit with Russian

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Throw away your Chinese phones, Lithuania defense minister tells citizens

‘Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible,’ the country’s deputy defense minister said. Lithuania’s Defense Ministry advised against purchasing Chinese mobile phones and recommended that people discard any they might have now following a government report that censorship abilities had been installed in the phones.

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UN chief: Confrontation between China and the United States can divide the world

Antonio Guterres said this in an interview with the Associated Press, noting that the Cold War should be avoided, despite relations between the countries. Warning of a possible new Cold War, the United Nations chief asked China and the United States to restore their “absolutely dysfunctional” relations before the problems between the two large and influential countries spread to the

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IMF Chief Called Out on Pressure to Lift China Ranking in Report

By Eric Martin International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva was called out Thursday by the World Bank, her previous employer, for applying pressure to boost China’s position in a ranking of economies. Georgieva said she disagreed with the findings, compiled by an outside law firm at the World Bank’s direction. The World Bank found such serious ethics issues in

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Aukus: China denounces US-UK-Australia pact as irresponsible

China has criticised a historic security pact between the US, UK and Australia, describing it as “extremely irresponsible” and “narrow minded”. The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time. It is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China’s influence in the contested South China Sea. The

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Wolves in wolf skin

EDWARD LUCAS Senior Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA, Warsaw and Washington) The Chinese Communist Party seeks to control our words and thoughts. This is evidenced by the reaction to my article about Chinese pressure on Lithuania to strengthen ties with Taiwan. My column was reprinted by the leading Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. According to the Chinese embassy in Stockholm,

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China: U.S. and UK sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s poisoning are unfair

The Chinese authorities consider the new US sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, unfair, said the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin. “The decision [on sanctions] was made before the true state of affairs was determined. This is unfair,” he said at a briefing. The situation with Navalny is

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Why we are entering a new Great Game

As neoliberalism collapses, national elites around the world are reviving mythical visions of empire. BY PAUL MASON When megalomaniacs write history, there’s always a ‘tell’ – something that indicates their own sense of omniscient power, and history’s ultimate malleability to it. With Vladimir Putin’s essay on Ukraine, published on the Kremlin’s website on 12 July, the telling passage was: “When working on this

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AP Exclusive: Diplomats say China puts squeeze on Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — China pressured Ukraine into withdrawing its support for a call for more scrutiny of human rights in China’s western region of Xinjiang by threatening to withhold Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines destined for Ukraine unless it did so, diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday. Ukraine briefly joined a statement by over 40 countries, presented by Canada at the

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Free to Think

China’s tentacles reach from Budapest to Cambridge University In October 1956, students marched through the streets of Budapest chanting “This we swear, this we swear, that we will no longer be slaves.” That prompted the Hungarian uprising against Soviet occupation, crushed by tanks and betrayed by the West. Sixty-five years later, students are on the march again. This time they

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Charm; Diplomacy; Spies; Lies

Hello, and welcome to China Influence Monitor, a weekly newsletter published by CEPA and Coda Story and edited by me, Edward Lucas. We track the westward footprint of China’s influence operations, and their effects on politics, economies, societies and alliances across Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and Europe. SMOKE SIGNALS  Stoked by leaks from spookdom and growing circumstantial evidence, once-sceptical

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U.S. 5th Fleet detains vessel with cache of Russian-made arms in Arabian Sea (Photo, video)

The seized cache of weapons included dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles. The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet has detained a stateless vessel with a cache of Russian- and Chinese-made weapons in the North Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy’s 5th  Fleet said on Twitter on May 9, 2021. “Thousands of illicit weapons interdicted by guided-missile cruiser @USSMonterey (CG 61) from

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Far Apart

Edward Lucas China has more clout than Russia. But both face pushback Did you read about Russia’s attempt to bully Hollywood? How any script that is critical of Vladimir Putin never makes it into the studio? How any actor who expresses public criticism of the Kremlin makes themselves almost unemployable? No, you didn’t. Because the idea that Russia would be

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Motor Sich and Russian influence

Why Russia is interested in the transition of “Motor Sichi” under Chinese leadership The decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to return the Motor Sich enterprise to state ownership provoked a stormy reaction among experts and became widely known in the media. For obvious reasons, China and the management of the Chinese company Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry

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China confirms non-recognition of attempted annexation of Crimea and ban on contacts with occupation authorities

The government of China does not recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and has informed the country’s central and regional authorities about a ban on contacts with the peninsula’s occupation authorities. “The key thing is that the government of China does not recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and has informed the country’s central and regional authorities about a ban

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Putin & Xi Have Red Lines, Too

Biden personally assured President Volodymyr Zelensky of America’s “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea.” What does that mean? What are Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping up to? In recent days, Russian tanks, artillery, armor, trucks and troops have been moving by road and rail ever closer

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Compelling?

Edward Lucas If NATO annoys China, China will annoy NATO. That was the implication of Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe’s visit to Belgrade last week. “Some NATO members are trying to play certain security roles in the Indo-Pacific region. China can respond by interfering in Europe’s security affairs and urging the Alliance to see China as a global security player, “Cui Hongjiang,

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China rejects Russia’s call to jointly respond to U.S. sanctions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s trip to China, which took place at the moment when the United States began to prepare new packages of tough sanctions against Russia, seems to have ended without the desired result. Although Lavrov posed for the protocol photos in the mask FCKNG QRNTN and accompanied his visit with abundant anti-Western rhetoric, accusing the U.S. of

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China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Has a Problem

The Chengdu J-20 “Mighty Dragon” could have problems taking ‘flight’  after it was announced that Ukraine will halt the takeover of a domestic aircraft engine maker by a Chinese company. by Peter Suciu The Chengdu J-20 “Mighty Dragon” could have problems taking ‘flight’  after it was announced that Ukraine will halt the takeover of a domestic aircraft engine maker by

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Chinese Foreign Ministry urges Ukraine not to politicize cooperation of Chinese companies with Crimea

Some Chinese companies cooperate with Crimea on market principles, based on historical ties and practical needs, and such commercial activities should not be politicized, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian has said. “China’s position on the Crimea issue is consistent. We hope relevant sides can properly address the issue through dialogue and consultation. Some Chinese companies, based on historically-established ties

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Russia, China agree to build lunar station together

Russia and China are reaching for the moon, with plans to construct a “complex of experimental research facilities” there as they strive to expand their presence in space. Russia has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to construct a joint lunar space station, the national space agency, Roscosmos, announced on Tuesday.  The station is envisioned as a “complex of experimental

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Jabs and Jibes

Edward Lucas Vaccine diplomacy brings gains for China and Russia. But not for long. The Westhas messed up its response to the global pandemic. The rich countries have bought 5.4 billion of the 7.8 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines so far manufactured. In many cases, they are struggling to distribute this haul efficiently to their own people, let alone deal

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