Category Archives: China

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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Brussels flinches, Sweden stiffens, China’s jabs triumph

Edward Lucas TOP CHINA INFLUENCE STORY OF THE WEEK The European Union rarely misses a chance to miss a chance. Faced with the accelerating crackdown in Hong Kong, it could have imposed sanctions on the officials responsible, or asked all EU countries to cancel their extradition treaties. Instead, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU would (wow) increase outreach

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The Baltic breeze hit Beijing

EDWARD LUCAS Someone has to tell the Chinese Communist Party not to cling to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The three countries were really small compared to the Soviet occupier. However, they, like pebbles in a large mechanism, caused the collapse of the Soviet empire. Today, the Baltic states are remembering the past, destroying in particular the flagship event of Beijing’s Eastern European

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Beijing’s 17+1 Summit Flop; Britain fumes over Chinese spies

Edward Lucas In this issue: Lithuania derails the 17+1 summit, Beijing bets on vaccines and Britain wakes up to spies and lies. “The East is Red” is a popular Communist Party ballad. Make that “Red-faced,” after the failure of China’s  17+1 supposed showcase summit with central and east European leaders this week. What went wrong? First, the turnout. Six of

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Human rights activists call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing due to human rights abuses

Official China rejects criticism as interference in its internal affairs and politicization of sports A coalition of 180 rights group called for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China. This is reported by CBC. The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are

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Sinovac: Brazil results show Chinese vaccine 50.4% effective

A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac has been found to be 50.4% effective in Brazilian clinical trials, according to the latest results released by researchers. It shows the vaccine is significantly less effective than previous data suggested – barely over the 50% needed for regulatory approval. The Chinese vaccine is one of two that the Brazilian government has lined

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WHO lists Pfizer vaccine for emergency use

The WHO’s review found Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine met the “must-have” criteria for safety and efficacy benefits outweigh its risks The World Health Organization has listed Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. This is reported on the WHO website. This is the first time that a Covid-19 vaccine has been added to the WHO list. The WHO’s review found Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine met

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Zhang Zhan: China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports

A Chinese citizen journalist who covered Wuhan’s coronavirus outbreak has been jailed for four years. Zhang Zhan was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, a frequent charge against activists. The 37-year-old former lawyer was detained in May, and has been on hunger strike for several months. Her lawyers say she is in poor health. Ms Zhang is one

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Hunter Biden email shows $400G unreported income from Burisma, states he needs to ‘amend’ tax returns

14 December 2020 – Brooke Singman, Jacqui Heinrich | Fox News The President-elect’s son confirmed he is under federal investigation for his ‘tax affairs’. Hunter Biden did not report “approximately $400,000” in income he collected from his position on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings when he joined in 2014, according to an attorney for his firm who noted that his tax

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Putin warns of China’s, Germany’s strive for superpower status

According to the Russian leader, such a change in the political arena is caused by the USA’s diminishing influence President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that China and Germany were heading for superpower status, Reuters reports. The president suggested that the role of the United States had faded, along with other countries such as Britain and France. Beijing

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Hunter Biden Offered $10 Million Annually by Chinese Energy Firm for ‘Introductions Alone,’ Email Shows

By MAIREAD MCARDLE – October 15, 2020 – 9:38 a.m. – NR Hunter Biden entered into a consulting contract with China’s largest private energy company that initially earned him $10 million a year “for introductions alone,” according to leaked emails. In an email chain from Aug. 2, 2017, Biden discussed a deal with the former chairman of CEFC China Energy, Ye Jianming,

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China, Russia Among Rights Abusers Elected To UN Human Rights Council

October 14, 2020 00:07 GMT – By RFE/RL China and Russia were among 15 countries elected to the UN Human Rights Council on October 13, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States over their abysmal human rights records. The 193-member UN General Assembly also elected Ivory Coast, Gabon, Malawi, Cuba, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, France, and Britain to the 47-member

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Open letters

Edward Lucas We need politics, not more open letters. Another day, another open letter. This was a good one – highlighting the danger that the Chinese Communist Party poses to academic freedom in Western universities – and I was glad to sign it. But I doubt my signature, or hundreds like it, will deter the bullies in Beijing. I feel

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UK parliament committee says Huawei colludes with the Chinese state

LONDON (Reuters) – The British parliament’s defence committee said on Thursday that it had found clear evidence that telecoms giant Huawei had colluded with the Chinese state and said Britain may need to remove all Huawei equipment earlier than planned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July ordered Huawei equipment to be purged from the nascent 5G network by the

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Robert A. McConnell: Is the United States conceding Ukraine to China?

Ukraine is a flashpoint for American national security interests and international geopolitical stability. Russia’s war against Ukraine gets attention from Washington. The United States provides military support and other support to assist Ukraine in its efforts to defend against Vladimir Putin’s outrageous aggression. However, Russia is not the only threat to United States’ national security interests in Ukraine. It can

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