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China’s aggressive chip strategy sparks global alarm
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China’s aggressive chip strategy sparks global alarm

China is aggressively pushing itself to develop a self-reliant semiconductor industry. China's strategic push to enhance its semiconductor capabilities through shrewd policies and economic incentives poses a serious challenge to the global technological balance. China’s ability to exploit loopholes in export controls and leverage opportunities in the evolving EV market has compelled the global community to keep a vigilant eye on China at all times. The US government recently urged allies, including the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, and Japan, to further tighten restrictions on China’s access to semiconductor technology, a controversial effort that’s drawing resistance in some countries. Despite US efforts, China has intensified its drive to bolster its domestic chip industry. The
Paraguay continues to stand with Taiwan despite Chinese aggression
Asia, China

Paraguay continues to stand with Taiwan despite Chinese aggression

In a major setback to the Chinese campaign of poaching Taiwanese allies, Paraguay has refused to switch sides and rather advocated for deeper ties and cooperation with Taipei.  “Let's be true, partners, friends. I wish us to be ambitious in the objectives we want to achieve, said Paraguayan President Santiago Peña when he met new Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te. Moreover, Peña slammed Chinese President Xi Jinping's geopolitical offensive in Latin America. “It is growing and is very worrying. Many countries decide to strengthen their ties with China, because they have no other choice,” he said.[1] Recognising Taiwan instead of China has cost Paraguay its trade with the world’s second-biggest economy.[2] Paraguay is standing with its 66-year-old friendship with Taiwan, refusing to
China no longer popular in Europe, Italian Expert
Asia, China

China no longer popular in Europe, Italian Expert

Italian Senator, Giulio Terzi addressed an event held to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Uyghur Congress, a Uyghur rights advocacy organization and expressed his deepest concerns and support for the struggle of Uyghurs against the oppressions of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in East Turkistan. He also asserted that the Uyghur's condition has now worsened due to the denial of religious freedom and are living under the pressure of dictatorship. The point is that despite President Xi’s recent 6-day trip to Europe, China is facing a challenge in mobilising European nations to its side and by default to that of Russia. There was a time when China could walk into Europe and buy up important assets and penetrate industry and infrastructure space without so much as batting an eyelid.
<strong>Panama Elections: Navigating the Dragon’s Shadow</strong>
China, World

Panama Elections: Navigating the Dragon’s Shadow

Post the May 5 presidential election in Panama, it’s of utmost importance for the president-elect to strategize a long-term plan with China, such a plan that prioritizes Panama’s development. Back in 2017, six months subsequent to the initiation of diplomatic relations with China, Juan Carlos Varela, the then Panamanian President, articulated in Beijing his nation’s ambition to serve as China’s “commercial arm” in Latin America. This proclamation served as a rationale for Panama’s newfound partnership with the authoritative People’s Republic, following the termination of its ties with democratic Taiwan. Six years into the bilateral ties, characterized by striking differences, the gap between intended plans and actual actions is clear. China holds a dominant position in the current rela
Peak China’s Delusion
China

Peak China’s Delusion

Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping secured his third term in power in the fall of 2022, he has had a rough time. Shortly after his reappointment, street protests pushed him to abruptly abandon his signature “zero COVID” policy. After a quick reopening bump in early 2023, the economy has progressively slowed, revealing both cyclical and structural challenges. Investors are leaving in droves, with foreign direct investment and portfolio flows reaching record lows. Meanwhile, Xi has fired his handpicked minsters for defense and foreign affairs in the wake of allegations of corruption and worse. His military bungled its balloon intelligence-collection program, precipitating an unwanted crisis after a stray balloon floated over the continental United States for days in early 2023. And now
<strong>China’s Expansionist designs in Bhutan and along LAC with India</strong>
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China’s Expansionist designs in Bhutan and along LAC with India

China’s targeted increase of transportation activity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India and its persistent aggression into Bhutanese territory demonstrates its expansionist agenda in recent years. Rooted in historical revisionism and a blatant disregard for international norms, China’s actions pose a grave threat to Bhutan’s sovereignty and regional stability. This why Bhutan has come to believe that diplomatic engagement with China on the boundary issue has become a one-sided affair, with China intent on using the negotiations as an excuse to grab more Bhutanese territory. Significantly, Major General Vetsop Namgyel, Bhutan’s Ambassador to India, recently conveyed his country’s deep concern to Ma Jia, the Chinese Charge d’ Affaires in New Delhi, about China’s persistent di
A UK parliamentary worker is accused of “spying for China.”
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A UK parliamentary worker is accused of “spying for China.”

A parliamentary aide accused of passing secrets to Beijing has been charged under the Official Secrets Act, along with another British man who also taught in China. Chris Cash, 29, and Christopher Berry, 32, will appear at Westminster magistrates' court on Friday to face accusations of providing prejudicial information to a foreign state. Cash is the former director of an influential China policy group and previously taught English in Hangzhou, eastern China, near Shanghai. Berry, from Witney, Oxfordshire, has taught economics and English in the region. In a YouTube video posted online two years ago, he extols the virtues of Zhejiang province's picturesque lake. On an online blog Berry, who now works in digital marketing, described a typical day as a teacher in China. The pair ar...
extreme right Aides of a German politician are detained for Chinese espionage
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extreme right Aides of a German politician are detained for Chinese espionage

German police have arrested an aide to a far-right Member of the European Parliament on suspicion of spying for China. Prosecutors announced on Tuesday that Jian G is believed to have repeatedly passed information on the workings of the European Parliament to China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). The arrest spurred warnings in Europe that democracy is under threat ahead of EU elections in June, while provoking anger in Beijing. KEEP READINGlist of 4 itemslist 1 of 4Photos: At least 150,000 protest in Berlin against the far rightlist 2 of 4Germany arrests three teenagers on suspicion of attack plotlist 3 of 4Is Germany complicit in Israel’s war on Gaza?list 4 of 4What is behind protests against the far-right AfD in Germany?end of listThe German authorities did not specify which p
A political insider and professor is accused of espionage for China.
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A political insider and professor is accused of espionage for China.

Christopher Berry, 32, and Christopher Cash, 29, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday on charges of espionage under the Official Secrets Act. Both are accused of gathering and disseminating information which were “useful to an enemy”, the Metropolitan Police said. Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said in a statement: “The Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge two men with espionage offences. READ MORE: Arrests in Scotland and England as UK Parliament 'infiltrated' by ‘spy for China’ “Christopher Berry, 32, and Christopher Cash, 29, will be charged with providing prejudicial information to a foreign state, China, and will ap
Why Malaysia and China don’t have any issues
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Why Malaysia and China don’t have any issues

Malaysian foreign policy has recently loomed large in Western circles, gaining the attention of those unfamiliar with non-alignment in general and Malaysian policy in particular. Many of the reported issues concerning Malaysia-China relations are also often presented without adequate context. The Financial Times queried Anwar on US criticisms of Malaysia’s seemingly close relations with China. Set against the backdrop of rising US-China tensions, even normal healthy relations with Beijing were deemed anomalous if not aberrant. When Anwar was asked about Malaysia’s position again at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne, he said “Malaysians do not have a problem with China”. He has on various occasions stressed that like all sovereign nations,