Posts tagged as china

Europe’s ‘Three Seas Initiative’ aims to curb Chinese influence

Monday, October 19, 2020

In 2015, Poland and Croatia initiated the Three Seas Initiative, also known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea (BABS) Initiative. It is an ambitious forum of 12 European Union states along a north–south axis from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea and the Black Sea in Central and Eastern Europe, that includes Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The initiative’s aim is…

Beijing outraged at calls by 39 states including Lithuania to respect human rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thirty-nine countries, including Lithuania, have called on China to respect minority rights of Uighurs and other Muslims and expressed concern about the situation in Hong Kong. “We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen, who oversaw the initiative. “We are gravely concerned about the human rights…

Baltics among EU’s smallest recipients of Chinese investment

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Baltic states and Slovakia remain Europe’s smallest recipients of China’s foreign direct investment (FDI), according tothe 2000–2019 stats published by Politico Europe. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have each received just 0.1 billion euros in FDI from China in the 19-year period,  according to Politico. When normalised by GDP, Estonia’s share of China’s FDI was the highest among the four countries with 3.6 percent – which overtook Poland’s 2.6 percent…

Stop blaming Russia, China for US disarmament failures

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, July 27, 2020

On June 22 and 23, Russian and American diplomats met in Vienna to discuss New START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty which expires next year. The treaty provides for an optional five-year extension. Alternatively, the parties could negotiate a new agreement as has happened several times in the past. A third possibility involves one or both parties playing silly games like insisting that China be brought into the negotiations despite…

Racism is the same kind of threat to NATO as China and Russia

By Stero Veberts on Monday, July 27, 2020

Recent events with Black Lives Matter protests have shook the society in every inch. What we see today has touched upon almost every aspect of our modern lives: culture, politics, industries, and, of course, military. We face what is called a reverse racism, when the discrimination begins if you are white. The colored take advantage of the problem of racism that has been out there since forever. They get all…

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…