Yesterday

Chinese investor exits Czech media company

The Chinese conglomerate CITIC Limited has sold its 55.8% stake in the Czech ad agency Médea for an undisclosed fee. Read more on broadbandtvnews.com



This week

Rout in Chinese markets pulls European counterparts lower

Continued turmoil in Chinese markets has bled into European trading and pulled London stocks lower despite improving Covid case numbers. Read more on aol.co.uk


France advised US cut Wuhan lab funding in 2015, former COVID-19 investigator said

A former U.S. State Department said France alerted the U.S. of China’s secretive actions with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2015. Read more on thebl.com


France Warned US in 2015 About Wuhan Lab It Helped Build, Former COVID-19 Investigator Claims

The U.S. federal government should have stopped funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 when China reduced its cooperation with the French in building and operating the lab, according to the leader of an investigation into COVID-19’s origins by the State Department under the Trump administration. Read more on theepochtimes.com


Macron promises closer ties with Japan to oppose Chinese expansion in the Pacific

President Macron has pledged to bolster France’s security ties with Japan as western allies pivot to the Pacific to try to counter Chinese expansionism. Read more on thetimes.co.uk



Last week

Xinjiang’s EU trade is booming, despite political forced labour concerns

Some volatility in figures to be expected but debate on labour appears to be having little impact, analysts say. Read more on scmp.com


Chinese regime should shut down nuclear power facility warns co-owner

A joint nuclear power plant owner in China reported issues with the facility have become too severe to continue operating on July 22. Read more on thebl.com


More Tibetan Buddhists behind bars in July

On 6 July 2021, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetans, the Dalai Lama, turned 86. For Tibetans around the world, the Dalai Lama remains their guardian; a symbol of compassion and hope to restore peace in Tibet, and ensure genuine autonomy through peaceful means. Read more on eureporter.co


Home and office routers come under attack by China state hackers, France warns

Compromised routers give the hackers anonymity in ongoing large-scale attacks. Read more on arstechnica.com


Taiwan to open first Europe office in its name, angers China

The government in Taipei will open its office in the Baltic nation of Lithuania, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said at a briefing. Read more on business-standard.com


Did Covid reach Europe in October 2019?

Blood samples taken from a cancer patient contained coronavirus antibodies, two months before China reported the virus, researchers in Italy and the Netherlands have found. Read more on dailymail.co.uk


Norway accuses China of cyber-attack on parliament

Norway on Monday, July 19 concluded that China was responsible for the March 10 cyber breach on its parliament’s e-mail system. Read more on thebl.com


How Serbia Became China’s Dirty-Energy Dumping Ground

Belgrade is vital to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. But as China takes over old industrial sites, Serbian citizens are suffering the environmental consequences. Read more on foreignpolicy.com


China Wants a Chip Machine From the Dutch. The U.S. Said No.

The Biden administration, continuing a Trump policy, seeks to stop ASML from selling China machines crucial to advanced microprocessors. Read more on wsj.com


Biden administration condemns China for ransomware attacks in US

Biden administration led a worldwide condemnation of China for state-sponsored ransomware attacks, accusing Beijing of a ‘pattern of malicious cyber activities’ that poses threat to US security. Read more on dailymail.co.uk