Beijing aligns with Moscow in calling on NATO to stop admitting new members

Insights 02/20/22, 19:40

At the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19, China joined Russia, saying that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should not include Ukraine. This is one of Russia's demands in the Ukraine crisis. In response, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted, "For the first time we now see Beijing joining Moscow in ...

EU to deepen relationship with Taiwan amid China’s provocation

China 02/20/22, 19:33

The European Parliament passed two security policies on Thursday, Feb. 17, including clauses supporting Taiwan's effective involvement in international organizations and calling for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. CNA reported the parliament passed the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in a 474-113 vote with 102 abstentions, while the ...

US think tank: China’s defense industrial base has 2 critical problems

Tech 02/20/22, 18:25

A U.S. think tank has recently pointed out two significant shortcomings in China's defense industry. One is a potential personnel insufficiency, and two is a strong dependency on imports. The report was released by RAND Corporation, titled "Assessing Systemic Strengths and Vulnerabilities of China's Defense Industrial Base." It was conducted under ...

US finds method to counter China’s hypersonic missiles

Tech 02/20/22, 18:09

Current missile defense systems can fight ballistic missiles with parabolic trajectories. Nonetheless, hypersonic missiles are capable of breaching conventional missile defense systems. As a result, developing new missile defense methods is one of the top priorities. On Feb. 7, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think tank, ...

China bans unauthorized lockdowns to support faltering services sector

News 02/20/22, 17:29

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) instructed all regional authorities not to impose unauthorized citywide or district-wide lockdowns. The regulation is to control the country's coronavirus policies and enhance the country's faltering service industry, Hong Kong media outlet SCMP reported. The NDRC instructed all regional authorities not to impose citywide ...

Chinese anti-corruption agency investigates former China Unicom chairman

Insights 02/20/22, 15:43

The Chinese Regime's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection or CCDI announced on Friday, Feb. 18, that Li Guohua, the former chief executive officer of telecom giant China Unicom, is under investigation for alleged "serious violations of discipline and law." The announcement did not mention any further detail of Li's case. Li ...

Russia, China dilute G20 text on geopolitical tensions

Insights 02/20/22, 06:21

Russia and China have requested that the communiqué drafted at the G20 finance ministers' meeting be tinkered with, downplaying claims that current geopolitical tensions related to the Ukraine crisis overshadow the global economic picture. G20 finance ministers and central bank presidents hold mixed physical and video talks in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ...

Starbucks increases prices in China amid police incident backlash

China 02/20/22, 06:08

Starbucks raised the prices for some beverages and meals in China by $0.16 to $0.32 on Wednesday, for the first time in over three years, WSJ reported. Starbucks' sales in China have slowed in recent months, and several factors, including operating costs, influence the company's pricing selections. Starbucks said Thursday that it ...

German media: US focus is Asia, not Europe

China 02/20/22, 05:30

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid a 7-day visit to the Asia-Pacific region on Feb. 10. It was the first trip by a U.S. Secretary of State in nearly four decades and amid a hyped-up crisis in Ukraine. A report by German newspaper Die Welt on Feb. 18 viewed that ...

China intervenes in the West’s politics: Norwegian government report

Insights 02/20/22, 04:20

Norway recently released its 2022 public threat and risk assessment report, which points out that China already has the will and ability to intervene in the political process of Western countries. The report's assessment of domestic threats in Norway focuses specifically on the use of Chinese and Russian intelligence tools, ...