Pope Francis reportedly planning trip to China’s Wuhan

Italian newspaper La Verità recently revealed that Vatican City is secretly planning a trip for Pope Francis to visit the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak is believed to have originated.

UK quarantines elderly as over-70s told: stay at home

Ten more people in the UK have died in the last 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 21.

Coronavirus: Europe now epicentre of the pandemic, says WHO

Europe is now the "epicentre" of the global coronavirus pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization says.

Why isn’t Europe better prepared for the coronavirus outbreak?

European Union health ministers held emergency talks Friday on the response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has swept through nearly all its 27 member states, as questions mount over the apparent lack of preparedness in Europe.

UK coronavirus cases surge to new total of 51

The number of UK coronavirus cases rocketed to 51 today, a climb of 12 new cases, the government revealed today.

Italy’s hospitals reach breaking point as Rome boosts funding to help virus-hit economy

Italy is boosting its financial stimulus to assist its coronavirus-hit economy this week as the number of confirmed cases of the virus continues to rise, and hospitals in the worst-hit region are forced to turn to the private sector for help.

Coronavirus Updates: Italy Reports 650 Cases And 17 Deaths

Three major U.S. carriers with service to Italy — American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines — are offering travel waivers to Italy amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The world’s biggest charter jet is heading to Wuhan to evacuate Europeans

he only Airbus A380 in the world flying for a charter airline is going on a delicate mission on Friday: evacuating 350 people from...

China reportedly suspends UK stock exchange link over politics

Sources highlighted anti-government protests in Hong Kong as a cause of tension between the two countries.

Chinese professor accused of spying by Belgium, barred from entering Schengen Area

The worrying part was its ability to “identify young and bright students with a potential to join the EU at a later stage” and to influence young European students with an uncritical, positive view about China, he said.
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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

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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

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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.