Posts tagged as china

Was US money used to fund risky research in China?

Sunday, July 25, 2021

As the debate continues over the origins of the coronavirus, a fresh row has erupted over virus research being carried out in China using US funds. It’s linked to the unproven theory that the virus could have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city where it was first detected. This idea centres on research carried out on bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Republican Senator Rand…

Lithuania stands up to China — but who will follow?

By Edward Lucas on Friday, July 23, 2021

BOILING IN THE BALTIC Lithuania rewrote the diplomatic map this week by welcoming Europe’s first “Taiwanese Representative Office.” Note the name: Taiwan’s de facto embassies in other European capitals use the “Taipei” label. That is to appease the mainland Chinese authorities, who regard the self-governing offshore democracy as a rebel province. No such deference in Vilnius. As we’ve reported in previous editions, the new government of the southernmost Baltic state…

China resents Taiwan’s new representative office in Lithuania

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Following the news that Taiwan will soon be opening a representative office in Lithuania, an agitated Chinese government has called on the Baltic country to return to the “one-China” principle. On Tuesday (July 20), Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it is opening a representative office in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. The new diplomatic mission, expected to open later this summer, has been dubbed the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania.…

Latvia calls on China to stick to international cyberspace rules

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said July 19 it was concerned by “malicious cyber activities targeting and affecting democracy, security and economies of the EU Member States and our allies and partners, both at the state level and the level of private entities and institutions”. In a statement released in parallel with a statement released by the  Council of the European Union  , the MFA said “Latvia in its national…

Lithuania donates 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan amid strained ties with China

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Lithuania has donated 20,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan on Tuesday. This comes as ties between China and Lithuania have deteriorated. In March, Lithuania irked China by announcing that it will establish a representative trade office in Taiwan. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that the Lithuanian government approved in the morning a donation of 20,000 vaccine doses to Taiwan. “I am proud…

China launches first crew to new space station

Thursday, June 17, 2021

China has launched three astronauts into orbit to begin occupation of the country’s new space station. The three men – Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo – are to spend three months aboard the Tianhe module some 380km (236 miles) above the Earth. It will be China’s longest crewed space mission to date and the first in nearly five years. On Thursday, their Shenzhou-12 capsule successfully took off atop…

Chinese-Lithuanian relations under threat (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Lithuania decided to stop participating in the so-called “17+1” format – a platform for Beijing’s dialogue with the countries of the Central Europe, Balkan and Baltic regions. Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (China-CEEC, also 17+1) is an initiative by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote business and investment relations between China and 17 European countries. The format’s goals are to promote China’s Belt and…

China’s export of higher education

By Juris Paiders on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The West is becoming increasingly more concerned about the attempts of communist China to expand its global network of influence. Still, there are also several democratic states that are willing to closely cooperate with Beijing. Three years ago, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government forced the prestigious Budapest-based Central European University to be closed, because the founder of the university Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros criticized Orban’s course of “unliberal…

Baltic states start to turn away from China

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Over the past decade, China has made noteworthy strides towards drawing Eastern Europe into a web of cooperative relations. Through a cheque-book diplomacy approach, Beijing promised lucrative financial investments in the region. After the implementation of the so-called 17+1 platform, Eastern Europe’s ties with the emerging superpower intensified and appeared largely friction-free. China’s courting of this part of Europe even rattled Brussels bureaucrats who worried that the Chinese Communist Party could use…

Embassy calls parliament’s human rights discussion ‘anti-China farce’

Friday, April 23, 2021

Beijing’s embassy in Vilnius has condemned Thursday’s human rights discussion hosted by the Lithuanian parliament as “an anti-China farce”. “On April 22, the Seimas discussed the so-called human rights issue of Xinjiang in disregard of China’s solemn position as well as facts and truth about Xinjiang,” the Chinese embassy to Lithuania said in a statement. “It is an anti-China farce choreographed by some anti-China individuals intended to smear China. The…