Posts tagged as china

Chinese investments in the Baltic Sea region

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chinese investment activities in the Baltic Sea region have seen an increase over recent years. This corresponds well with the overall growth in Chinese investment in Europe over the past decade, a trend fueled at least in part by growing restrictions imposed in the United States under the Donald Trump administration. Despite this uptick, the Baltic Sea region does not rank among the prime destinations of Chinese FDI in Europe.…

Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service warns of China’s growing influence

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A report made available by the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service points says that China’s impact and influence activities are increasing, and warns of possible threats posed by technological devices of Chinese origin. In recent years, the European Union, as well as the US and many other countries, has taken a more cautious stance on Chinese  foreign investment and technology, the Foreign Intelligence Service’s report published on Tuesday reads. Chinese investment in Europe has boomed…

The Orientalism of Western Russophobia

By Max Parry on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward W. Said’s pioneering book, Orientalism, as well as fifteen years since the Palestinian-American intellectual’s passing. To bid farewell to such an important scholar shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which Said fiercely criticized until his dying breath before succumbing to leukemia, made an already tremendous loss that much more impactful. His seminal text forever reoriented political discourse by…

China says higher 2019 budget deficit will spur growth, won’t open floodgates

Thursday, March 7, 2019

China’s decision to increase its budget deficit ratio to 2.8 percent this year from 2.6 percent in 2018 is appropriate for the economy, and leaves room for policymakers to maneuver, Finance Minister Liu Kun said on Thursday. But a proactive fiscal policy does not mean China will open the floodgates for stimulus, Liu said at a news conference on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary meeting in Beijing, reiterating past…

Former New Zealand leader: ‘We need to learn to listen to China’

By James Griffiths on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A former New Zealand prime minister has been quoted lavishing praise on China as the country’s current leader continues to deny reports of a rift between Wellington and Beijing. In a piece published by Chinese state-run People’s Daily on Monday, Jenny Shipley, a former leader of the conservative National Party and prime minister from 1997 to 1999, commended China’s “huge contributions to the world’s economic growth” and its “great efforts” to promote…

Trump to meet China’s Xi to try to seal trade deal, progress reported

Friday, February 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon to try to seal a comprehensive trade deal as Trump and his top trade negotiator both cited substantial progress in two days of high-level talks. Trump, speaking at the White House during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, said he was optimistic that the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest…

U.S., China take the lead in race for artificial intelligence: U.N.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

China and the United States are ahead of the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence (AI), according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on Thursday. The study found U.S. tech giant IBM had by far the biggest AI patent portfolio, with 8,920 patents, ahead of Microsoft with 5,930 and a group of mainly Japanese tech conglomerates. China accounted for 17 of the top 20…

Chinese manufacturing improves but activity sluggish

Thursday, January 31, 2019

China’s manufacturing improved in January but activity was sluggish, a survey showed Thursday, as U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrangled in Washington over a tariff war. A measure of factory activity issued by the government statistics agency and an industry group rose 0.1 points on a 100-point scale but stayed below a level that shows activity expanding. Measures for employment and domestic demand weakened. China’s economic growth sank to a three-decade…

Russia’s nuclear arsenal should be more transparent, U.S. insists

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Washington urged Russia and China to ensure more transparency in their nuclear programmes, as the U.S. has warned it could leave a significant arms control agreement. French news agency AFP reports that on Wednesday, January 30, a senior US official said during ameeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in Beijing that there were “uneven results” in efforts to advance transparency under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.…

China tests ‘Guam killer’ missile, claims weapon could strike moving aircraft carrier

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

China has test-fired its so-called “Guam killer” ballistic missile, claiming the weapon could strike a moving aircraft carrier, according to a report by the state-run Global Times tabloid. China Central Television on Thursday broadcast footage of the Chinese military launching a pair of DF-26 anti-ship missiles during a live-fire exercise in northwest China, according to a Sunday report by the newspaper. The missile can carry conventional and nuclear warheads, and…