Slovenia to bolster trade ties with Taiwan, wading into row with China

Prime Minister Janez Janša says Beijing’s ‘ridiculous’ response to Lithuania won’t deter his own country. Read more on

How Laila Adilzhan, a Kazakh Critic of China, Became an Asylum Seeker in the Netherlands

Activist and Bitter Winter correspondent Laila Adilzhan managed to land in Amsterdam with the help of American friends. It was quite an adventure. Read more on

This week

Back Lithuania or face more Chinese coercion, lawmakers tell EU chiefs

Inaction against unofficial trade embargo will allow Beijing to intensify ‘divide and rule’ practices and weaken European unity, MEPs warn. Read more on

After flying start, Stellantis must tackle Tesla and China

If playing catch up with Tesla is what everyone in the auto industry is about then Stellantis, the company formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, has had a good start – its shares have far outpaced its U.S. rival in its inaugural year. Read more on

China floods French market with anti-Covid products after provoking global shortage

Anti-Covid face masks are omnipresent in French supermarkets. Like self-tests, thermometers and hand gels, they are predominantly produced in China. RFI takes a closer look at how Beijing has turned… Read more on

‘Not ruled out use of force’ China ambassador blasts EU over Taiwan trade negotiations

CHINA’s Ambassador to France has “not ruled out the use of force” amid rising tensions with Taiwan and anger in Beijing over EU-Taiwan trade talks. Read more on

European markets head for higher open as investors digest Chinese growth data

European stocks are expected to open higher on Monday as global markets digest the latest growth data out of China. Read more on

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China’s trade war with Lithuania a ‘test’ the West cannot afford to fail

Lithuania’s foreign minister tells the Telegraph Beijing is deploying a ‘weapon of economic destruction’ to force Vilnius to cut Taiwan ties Read more on

Fed up, German Companies Leaving China Due to ‘COVID Zero’ Policy – Vision Times

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) harsh lockdown of the city of Xi’an has severely interrupted the supply chain.  Read more on

Denmark Latest Country To Join U.S.-Led Diplomatic Boycott Of Beijing Olympics

Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada previously joined a U.S.-led boycott, while Japan said it will not send an official diplomatic delegation. Read more on

Lithuania’s foreign minister calls on EU to stand up to China

Beijing targeting companies that use components made in the Baltic state, says Gabrielius Landsbergis Read more on

Avoid Chinese Meat, Germany Warns Olympians

A message for athletes heading to Beijing next month for the Winter Olympics: not to eat meat in China—said a directive from the German Anti-Doping Agency on Monday. Read more on

Taiwan gifts EU state ENORMOUS $1bn olive branch in blatant China snub – war fears soar

TAIWAN has gifted an EU member state a $1billion olive branch in a blatant snub to China. Read more on

Lithuania’s president chides government for China spat

Gitanas Nauseda says decision to allow Taiwan to open de facto embassy in its own name was an error Read more on

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FEATURE: Taiwan, Hungary form tech partnership – Taipei Times

Taiwan and Hungary have joined forces to promote autonomous vehicle testing, with Taiwan’s chip industry seen as bringing “added value” to the partnership, experts said. Read more on