Posts tagged as china

Chinese disinformation begins filling Latvian media space

By Zintis Znotiņš on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

As I have already written, there are notable similarities between China and Russia. If previously Latvian media was dominated by Russian propaganda and China seemed somewhere far away from all of it, then now it seems that China has decided to inject its own propaganda in the Latvian media environment. To what ends – it’s too early to tell, but the first signs are already present. China has chosen the…

India says 3 soldiers killed in standoff with Chinese troops

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

At least three Indian soldiers, including a senior army officer, were killed in a confrontation with Chinese troops along their disputed border high in the Himalayas where thousands of soldiers on both sides have been facing off for over a month, the Indian army said Tuesday. The incident — in which neither side fired any shots, according to Indian officials — is the first deadly confrontation between the two Asian…

China and India are on the verge of war

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tensions between two nuclear-armed states China and India are not new. Both countries share the world’s longest unmarked border. They have been engaging in several encounters for ages. Recent events suggest that escalations are highly possible. On May 9 in the Naku La region near Tibet, soldiers from both sides came to blows and threw stones at each other mostly in efforts to induce the Indian troops to move back…

Brussels calls out China and Russia over corona fakes

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The European Commission has unambiguously pointed the finger at Russia and China as spreaders of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Lithuania’s ambassador to the EU said Brussels should have gone further. In a communication on ‘Tackling Covid-19 disinformation’, which was presented by EC Vice President Věra Jourová and High Representative Josep Borrell on Wednesday, foreign actors such as Russia and China were named for their role in propagating fake news.…

NATO STRATCOMCOE livestream event talks about China

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (NATO STRATCOMCOE) is hosting another in its series of online discussions June 10, with China the topic under examination. Titled “China’s Influence in the Global Information Environment” the talk will feature Mareike Ohlberg (Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States Asia Program), Frederick Fooy (Senior Analyst, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) and Linda Curika (Communications Officer, NATO STRATCOMCOE). “The Chinese government is taking an assertive…

Chinese propaganda a threat to EU’s ambitions, warn Baltic states

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baltic states and Slovakia said the EU’s geopolitical ambitions may be curtailed if it fails to respond to China’s and Russia’s disinformation, according to a document seen by Politico Europe in Brussels. The joint paper calls on the EU’s foreign service to ensure that its work remain “unimpeded by political considerations”, which is critical to “upholding public trust” and ambitions of the “geopolitical” Commission. According to Politico, the document…

Lithuanian MPs propose granting asylum to Hong Kong people

Friday, June 5, 2020

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers have proposed granting asylum to “Hong Kong people who might face persecution and repressions from China”. A draft resolution expressing concern over Beijing’s plans to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong has been proposed by 36 Lithuanian lawmakers from different parliamentary groups. The bill was submitted by Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the opposition conservative party, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, leader of the Liberal Movement,…

China’s cooperation with Russia and Belarus a ‘risk factor’ for Lithuania

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Lithuania’s military intelligence is building up resources to respond to the growing threat of China, according to Colonel Remigijus Baltrėnas. “Today, China is seen as a risk factor,” Baltrėnas, the chief of the Second Investigation Department under the Defence Ministry, said in a rare interview to BNS. “The knowledge of the [Chinese] language and regional expertise needs considerable investment, and we have a good start today and are developing it…

LRT English Newsletter: You’ve got mail from China

Friday, May 22, 2020

In mid-April, a postal train from China pulled in at Vilnius Station. The first delivery of Europe-bound parcels may be a start of a weekly service, making Lithuania a hub for Chinese mail – but do immense opportunities of doing business with China outweigh the political risks? A Lithuanian official said he received numerous letters from China asking to apologise for statements directed against Beijing, while observers interviewed by LRT…

Some 230,000 respirators arrive in Lithuania from China

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Around 230,000 respirators for medics were delivered to Lithuania on Tuesday night, the Health Ministry said. They were jointly purchased by hospitals in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys as well as Kaunas Municipality. The ministry says there are five safety levels defining when and what specific personal protection equipment should be used by medics. The different levels take into account their work environment and the group of patients the…