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China’s Chengxin submits bid for Ukraine lithium deposits | Source: Mining Weekly

Chengxin Lithium has applied for the rights to two lithium deposits in Ukraine that are up for auction, in a move that would give the Chinese company a foothold in the European lithium industry. The company, which makes lithium chemicals for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, said it would build a lithium plant in Indonesia and is investing in mining projects in Argentina and Zimbabwe.

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China suspends consular services in Lithuania | Source: Taiwan News

Beijing announced it has ceased granting visas at its consulate in Lithuania as it continues to downgrade its bilateral relations as the Baltic country strengthens ties with Taiwan. Despite its size, Lithuania’s diplomatic stance is making big waves in Europe’s China policy. The country made history in May by being the first country to quit China’s 17+1 cooperation forum with Central and Eastern European states, which it said was “divisive.”

Source: Taiwan News


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China calls on new German government to adhere to one-China principle | Source: CGTN

China expects the new German government to continue to uphold the one-China principle. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian reiterated that issues relating to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea are all China’s internal affairs and concern China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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China threatens Lithuania over Taiwan office opening | Source: AP News

China threatened to retaliate against Lithuania after the Baltic nation allowed Taiwan to open a representative office in its capital, Vilnius. Lithuania plans to open a representative office in Taipei by the end of the year and has withdrawn from the “17 plus one” arrangement launched by China to bind it closer to countries in Eastern Europe.

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China accuses the EU of threatening global trade | Source: Financial Review

Beijing has accused the European Union of risking damage to world supply chains by throwing up regulatory and trade hurdles to foreign businesses, warning “discriminatory” practices could strain the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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China eager to continue doing projects with Belarus as part of Belt and Road initiative | Source: Belta Agency

China intends to continue implementing highly effective projects together with Belarus within the framework of the Belt and Road initiative in addition to constantly enhancing cooperation in the area of digital economy. Huawei has been already working on the Belarusian market for 20 years, making its contribution to the development of artificial intelligence, Internet, 5G, and other technologies.

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“Chinese Digital Silk Road” is dominating the Western Balkans | Source: Greek Reporter

What is called the “Chinese Digital Silk Road” is now dominating telecommunications in the Western Balkans, i.e. Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. By providing telecommunication networks in the Balkans, and especially 5G digital technology, China establishes its geopolitical influence in Europe, raising concerns in the Western World. The Digital Silk Road is an alliance of Chinese ICT companies and the Chinese state with the aim to increase the strategic power of China.

Source: Greek Reporter


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China condemns EU after European lawmakers resoundingly back resolution to improve ties with Taiwan | Source: RT

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has blasted the European Union after the bloc’s representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of increasing ties with Taiwan and starting work on an investment deal with the island. EU lawmakers voted 580 to 26 to back a non-binding resolution requesting the European Commission “urgently begin an impact assessment, public consultation and scoping exercise on a bilateral investment agreement” with Taiwan. The EU had struck a similar investment agreement with Beijing, but the deal was put on ice amid worsening relations.

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EU launches ‘Global Gateway’ to counter China’s Belt and Road | Source: Politico

The European Union will launch “Global Gateway” as a scheme to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative — the massive, geopolitically influential network of infrastructure and transport investments that Beijing uses to link its exporters to western markets. The priority would be for the EU to discuss connectivity projects with Africa during a regional summit in February. China has been criticized by the West for extending its strategic reach and creating debt dependence through its multibillion-dollar infrastructure and investment scheme.

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