Posts tagged as china

EU should see China’s rise as an opportunity

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Europe must make correct judgments about China independently and demonstrate true strategic autonomy, Chinese President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. In a telephone conversation, Xi urged Germany and the European Union  to recognise China’s rise as an opportunity, promote cooperation with mutual respect and “exclude external interference”, as tensions between the two sides have been rising over issues like human rights and Brussels regarding Beijing as a…

Terminate NATO

By Jacob G. Hornberger on Friday, April 2, 2021

The Washington Post has published a long piece calling for NATO to take on a new official enemy — China. The piece is written by Sara Bjerg Moller, an assistant professor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. She argues that after 30 years since losing the Soviet Union as its official enemy and struggling to find a replacement to justify its continued existence, a…

It’s about time we started discussing China’s influence in Latvia

By Juris Paiders on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Last week, noted Estonian marine scientist and researcher at the Tallin Technical University Tarmo Kõuts was sentenced to prison for spying for a Chinese intelligence service. He had access to Estonian and NATO classified information for quite some time, and during the last three years he received 17,000 euros for handing this information over to China. If you ask me, it’s a laughable amount of money to betray your motherland…

EU ambassadors OK human rights sanctions on China

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Thursday, March 18, 2021

EU ambassadors on Wednesday agreed to a new package of sanctions on four Chinese individuals and one entity over human rights violations targeting the minority Uyghur Muslim population, according to multiple diplomats. The penalties are part of a new sanctions package that will punish several countries over human rights abuses. The overall list includes 11 individuals and four entities in six countries, according to the diplomats. Among those facing punishments…

China and Russia to build lunar space station

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

China and Russia have announced plans to build a lunar space station. Russian space agency Roscosmos says it has signed an agreement with China’s National Space Administration to develop research facilities on the surface of the moon, in orbit or both. A statement from both countries’ space agencies says it will be available for use by other nations. It comes as Russia prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its…

Lithuania’s deputy foreign minister on nation’s “realistic” approach to China

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mantas Adomėnas, Lithuania’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, spoke to Axios about the country’s decision last week to withdraw from a China-led regional summit and to open a trade office in Taiwan. The big picture: Lithuania joins a growing number of smaller European countries that are starting to hold China at arm’s length amid concerns of political influence and a conflict of values. What’s happening: Last month, Lithuania and several…

The role of the 17+1 format in dividing the EU

By Juris Paiders on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The “17+1” format created by China in 2012, as part of which it has been attempting to acquire influence in 17 Eastern European countries from the Baltics to the Balkans, has received a blow. Tuesday, six nations, including Latvia, didn’t respond to the invitation to participate in a highest-level online summit with Xi Jinping. China’s “divide and conquer” policy, i.e. it’s strategy to divide EU’s joint policies by offering Eastern Europe one…

China urges Lithuania to adhere to one-China principle

Monday, March 8, 2021

China firmly opposes the mutual establishment of official agencies and official exchanges in all forms between the Taiwan region and countries having diplomatic relations with China including Lithuania, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Thursday in response to Lithuania’s plan to open a trade representation office in the island of Taiwan. There is only one China in the world, and the government of the People’s Republic of China…

China and Russia abusing corona for geopolitics

Saturday, March 6, 2021

China and Russia are using the pandemic to increase their authority in new ways at home and abroad, Lithuanian intelligence services have warned. But old-fashioned spy-craft, such as ‘honey traps’, also pose a threat to EU citizens from hostile services, despite virus-linked travel restrictions. Beijing and Moscow have both “abused” the situation to expand domestic surveillance by forcing people to upload personal data, including medical records and travel history, to…

Lithuania won’t be ‘part of the China-controlled technosphere’

Friday, March 5, 2021

Laurynas Kasčiūnas, chairman of Lithuania’s parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, has suggested drafting a list of unreliable technology providers. “One of the ideas is to identify specific producers from non-democratic countries whose information and communication technology equipment poses potential threat to the country’s national security and should not be used for the 5G mobile network in Lithuania,” Kasčiūnas said in the parliament on Thursday. “This way, we will…