The UK ignores China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan at its peril

The UK risks being marginalised after Brexit if it does not revitalise its infrastructure to engage with the huge markets developing in central Asia.

Peering Over the China Peak

Chinese consumers remain the largest driver of global luxury growth, but there may be bad news ahead for European luxury brands. Chinese nationals are the...

China’s New Silk Road Encroaches on U.S. Turf in Eastern Europe

In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes...

Chinese internet giant Tencent launches WeChat Pay in Europe to challenge Alibaba’s Alipay

Tencent launched its WeChat Pay payments service in Europe on Monday. WeChat is a giant social media service with 938 million monthly active...

G20 sees three-way steel battle between EU, US and China

HAMBURG: While battles between police and protesters smoulder outside, leaders of the European Union, United States and China appear close to a trade war...

Chinese bike-share scheme launches in rainy Manchester

hen China’s biggest public bike-hire operator chose Manchester as the location for their first smart scheme outside Asia, they were cautioned that the weather...

Spain’s ‘jamon’ conquers China

THE aroma is so extraordinary it's like "a punch in your mouth" says Luqi Wu, one of several Chinese businessmen standing in a cellar...

Norway wants China to forget about the human rights thing and eat salmon instead

Norway is the world’s biggest producer of salmon. But hardly any of it goes to China, the biggest consumer of seafood. Since the Nobel Prize...

Why Chinese investors are snapping up Bordeaux vineyards

In a small city in eastern China, a new $900m theme park has just opened. Set over 1,000 acres and built with the help...

Italy jumps on the Chinese freight link bandwagon

Northern Italy and China will be linked by another cargo rail service from September. Faster than maritime shipping and cheaper than air freight, the...
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Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold out to China?

In 2018, UK researchers published 14,763 papers co-authored with Chinese researchers, some of them partly financed by the Huawei company, which the government now regards as too close to the Chinese state to be trusted with helping to build the UK’s 5G network.

China revenge set to devastate UK economy with bigger hit than Beijing-US trade war

CHINA's relations with the West continue to deteriorate with both the UK and the US at war with Beijing on cybersecurity, trade and rule of law - but the UK has more to lose than the US if China decides to retaliate.

How China lost central and eastern Europe

Central and eastern European countries used to be buoyant about benefiting from China’s economic largesse, but now – like the EU itself – many view Beijing as a threat.

Chinese fixer targets five UK Prime Ministers

New evidence of Beijing's infiltration of British Establishment as it emerges leading figure 'tasked with grooming foreign elites' met politicians including Boris Johnson, David...

UK universities comply with China’s internet restrictions

UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China - which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet.

US, Europe seek united front against China

The United States and the European Union have unexpectedly announced a new united front against China, setting up a top-level dialogue to be led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell.

Analysts See Shift in EU’s Approach Toward Dealing With China

A videoconference summit this week between leaders from China and the European Union had a wide-ranging agenda including trade, climate change, cybersecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic, but it ended without agreements, or even a joint statement.  

The end of Europe’s Chinese dream

In a report published earlier this month, Andrew Small of the European Council on Foreign Relations argues that the EU’s engagement with China will henceforth have a new purpose: to structure the Sino-European relationship in a way that reduces Europe’s dependence on Chinese trade and investment.

Australia joins Canada and UK in condemning China’s move to ‘clearly undermine’ Hong Kong’s...

Australia has banded with the United Kingdom and Canada in describing China's plan to impose a strict national security law on Hong Kong as deeply concerning and undermining the city's autonomy.

The meaning of systemic rivalry: Europe and China beyond the pandemic

Beijing’s handling of the pandemic has changed long-standing European assumptions about its reliability as a crisis actor and its approach to the European project.