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China at the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum

China at the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum

On September 12, 2020, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Luo Zhaohui, participated online in the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

Chinese Air Force in the report of the US Department of Defense

Chinese Air Force in the report of the US Department of Defense

The DoD report indicates that China has the largest air force in the Indo-Pacific region. Of the total number of 2,500 aircraft, 2,000 are combat aircraft, 1,500 are fighter jets, of which approximately 800 are in the fourth generation and above (J-20, J-16, J-10, J-11, Su-30 and Su-35).

The naval power of China in the report of the US Department of Defense

The naval power of China in the report of the US Department of Defense

The US Department of Defense (DoD) published an annual report to the Congress on the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on September 2, 2020. Media attention was particularly drawn to the fact that China has the largest fleet in the world in terms of number of vessels (350) and that this advantage is expected to increase in the coming years.

Australian journalists flee China

Australian journalists flee China

Bill Birtles – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) correspondent in Beijing and Michael Smith of the Australian Financial Review (AFR) took refuge in Australian diplomatic representations for five days. The reason was the intimidation of both journalists by the security apparatus of the People’s Republic of China.

Wang Yi’s Visit to Europe and Human Rights Concerns

Wang Yi’s Visit to Europe and Human Rights Concerns

During the nearly week-long visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Wang Yi, to Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany, representatives of these countries often reminded about human rights violations in China.

Wang Yi’s visit and the US-China tug-of-war in Europe

Wang Yi’s visit and the US-China tug-of-war in Europe

Between August 25 and September 1, PRC’s Foreign Minister – Wang Yi traveled across Europe, which is a key area in the power struggle with the United States. The countries of the journey included: Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany, that is only the countries of wealthy Western and Northern Europe.

The Belarus Crisis threatens China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The Belarus Crisis threatens China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China has rapidly expanded its economic presence in Belarus in the last decade, choosing the Eastern-European republic as the key European link in its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, the mass anti-government demonstrations that have shaken Belarus in the aftermath of a disputed presidential election threaten to compromise China’s BRI investments.

A meeting of the foreign ministers of China and Pakistan

A meeting of the foreign ministers of China and Pakistan

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China – Wang Yi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, held the second round of the strategic dialogue between the Foreign Ministers of China and Pakistan in Hainan Province, China, on August 20 and 21, 2020.

China-Russia Year of Innovation

China-Russia Year of Innovation

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China – Xi Jinping, and the President of the Russian Federation – Vladimir Putin, exchanged congratulatory letters on the occasion of the beginning of the Year of Scientific and Technological Innovation between the two countries on Wednesday, August 26.

China – India relations after clashes in the Galwan Valley

China – India relations after clashes in the Galwan Valley

The clashes in the Galwan Valley in East Ladakh, which cost the lives of 20 soldiers of the Indian armed forces, could be a turning point in New Delhi’s policy towards Beijing. So far, the relationship with China has been characterized by a search for balance between attractive economic cooperation as well as growing security threats and challenges.

The United States increases support for Taiwan

The United States increases support for Taiwan

The growing tensions between the US and China during the pandemic period, prompted the administration of Donald Trump to increase political and military support for the Taiwanese authorities. Two major arms contracts, which are expected to increase the defensive capabilities of the island, were signed in July and August.

Pompeo’s visit to Europe according to the Chinese media

Pompeo’s visit to Europe according to the Chinese media

As it could be expected, the visit of the US Secretary of State – Mike Pompeo to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Poland met with criticism from the Chinese media. They tried to present these visits as a diplomatic failure of the USA and as an unfounded attack on Beijing.

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