China Monitor Articles
In 2020, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) notched up a crushing victory when swiftly containing the Covid-19 pandemic in China, which was used for propaganda purposes both at home and abroad. But is the Chinese model of fighting the pandemic sustainable in the long term?
In the first half of September 2021, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a trip to East and Southeast Asia, visiting Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea.
The Chinese ambassador to Britain has been banned from attending an event in the British parliament, according to a decision made in mid-September. The reason for that was that Beijing imposed sanctions on some British lawmakers. China condemned the move and pledged retaliatory measures.
U.S. President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on September 15 announced a new working group now known by the acronym AUKUS. A cooperation scheme between countries fearful of the rise of Chinese power drew strong political reaction in China.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has recently taken up the issue of regulating China’s entertainment industry, focusing not only on the messages promoted by Chinese celebrities, but also the financial aspect in this domain. The impact of video games on young people was also addressed.
Wolf warriors against European hawks. Can the European Parliament spearhead EU foreign policy on China?
Recent research on the European Parliament’s party groups’ voting patterns in the European Parliament has revealed that the EP is among the most resilient European institutions when it comes to foreign malign influence. This is especially true in the case of China, which has almost no soft power tools in its arsenal to influence the European decision-makers in the European Parliament. Beijing, even more so than the Kremlin, needs to resort to relations with individual member states on a case-by-case basis to pursue its interests within the EU, which is a highly effective strategy in the eastern part of the EU.
The fifth China–Arab States Expo, held in Yinchuan, the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (Northwest China), concluded on August 23, 2021. During the four-day event, 277 agreements worth CNY 156.7 billion (around USD 24 billion) concerning digital economy, clean energy, agriculture, cross-border e-commerce, and tourism, were signed. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the organizers of the trade fair.
On Monday, August 16, a telephone conversation was held between Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Its main topic was the tense situation in Afghanistan.
Faced with a surge of COVID-19 cases, the Thai government announced on August 17, 2021, that it will purchase 12 million vaccines from the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech. This is part of Thailand’s plan to combat the pandemic, which includes mixing vaccines from different manufacturers.
On August 11, 2021, a court in the Chinese city of Dandong sentenced Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison on espionage charges. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the sentence as “unjust” and “absolutely unacceptable.”
At the beginning of August 2021, President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Turkey. Relations between the two countries can be considered good and favorable.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is once again proving that the Southeast Asian region is extremely important to the government in Beijing. Two more projects dedicated to the countries of the region were officially launched in July.
Is the Dispute over the Chinese University in Budapest a Measure of the Hungarians’ Sympathy for the PRC?
In 2021, we may observe a gradual improvement in relations between Warsaw and Beijing. This is indicated by a number of factors, most notably the increasing frequency of talks and high-level meetings, during which more openness to cooperation and the maintenance of current joint initiatives was expressed. However, this is not synonymous with a change of course in Poland’s foreign policy.
During the meeting with the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs Evarist Bartolo, held on July 23 in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his doubts about the European Union’s multiple policies towards the People’s Republic of China.