Stuart Lau

07/01/2021
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

Hong Kong arrests threaten passage of EU-China investment deal, European Parliament members say

European Commission still keen to get the deal done, saying ‘engagement’ with China on other issues remains crucial. ‘No one should make the mistake of assuming there are built-in majorities for any deal’, says Bernd Lange, head of the parliament’s trade committee
17/12/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

European Parliament resolution would seek sanctions on Chinese officials in Xinjiang

A draft resolution urges EU leaders to use new sanction powers to punish Xinjiang officials. The motion comes after the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, dodged questions about plans to sanction officials found to have suppressed Uygurs
09/12/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

EU and Britain decline, for now, to sanction Chinese officials involved in Hong Kong and Xinjiang actions

European Union introduces a human rights sanctions programme, but foreign policy head avoids saying if it will be used against Beijing officials
01/12/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

US and EU should join forces to check China’s influence in Africa, Indo-Pacific, Republican senator proposes

Report by chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee says a transatlantic partnership could foster private-sector investment and ensure maritime security. The next steps are ‘to build upon the existing political will to cooperate in the region and to decide where to focus and what cooperation means in practice’
24/11/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Relaciones Exteriores Stuart Lau

China reminds EU to chart its own course as European leaders reach out to Biden

Chinese foreign minister seeks briefing on the bloc’s initiative for a transatlantic alliance with US president-elect. Call to Brussels urges EU to avoid economic decoupling and a new cold war
18/11/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

European leaders call for unity with US against China

French and German foreign ministers say Brussels and Washington should ‘consult’ to coordinate their approach. President-elect Joe Biden echoed that view, saying US needs to be ‘aligned with other democracies’
18/11/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Económica Stuart Lau

RCEP a ‘wake-up call’ for Europe and the US to unite against China

Leader of European Parliament’s largest party says reunification of so-called Western world needed now. Manfred Weber also blasts Beijing as an ‘enemy’ to EU ideas about what society should look like based on developments in Hong Kong
10/11/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

Europe is ready’ to team up with Joe Biden on China

EU foreign policy chief says the South China Sea, China’s unfair trade practices and security are potential areas of transatlantic cooperation. United States and European Union need to agree on how to manage the rise of the Asian giant, former EU envoy says.
03/11/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Relaciones Exteriores Stuart Lau

US pushes Greece to stop acting as China’s ‘dragon’s head’ into Europe

Athens under pressure in scramble for influence between Washington and Beijing with high-level visits from both powers. US seeks to counter Chinese influence through Belt and Road Initiative with its own funding alternative
27/10/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

German politicians call for US, Europe to form united front on China

Defence chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer suggests a ‘newly strengthened Western trade alliance’. And top diplomat Heiko Maas says future of transatlantic relations will be ‘determined by the right way of dealing with Beijing’
22/09/2020
Economía South China Morning Post - China Relaciones Bilaterales Stuart Lau

Beijing’s EU envoy criticises unfriendly business environment for Chinese companies

Zhang Ming says EU policy measures on issues such as 5G technology have dampened Chinese business confidence. But Europe says its defensive tactics are necessary when China flouts WTO rules
27/08/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok raises Hong Kong and human rights concerns with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

Arrests of journalists and lawmakers in city, delay of Legco elections and new national security law all ‘extremely worrying developments’, Blok says. Minister also spoke about treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang during meeting with Wang, who is on five-nation tour of Europe.
26/08/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi tells European Union not to get caught up in ‘new Cold War’

Wang begins post-pandemic European tour in Italy, where Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio signals continued disapproval of Beijing’s moves on Hong Kong. Without mentioning US, Wang says any Cold War ‘hold all countries in the world hostage’
03/08/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

German minister Michael Roth urges EU to resist China’s ‘divide-and-rule tactics’

China described as a systemic rival that has ‘unfortunately’ challenged Europe’s ‘foundation of values’. Hong Kong called an ‘acid test’ and reliance on Huawei for 5G mobile equipment also is questioned
22/06/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

EU leaders expected to raise Hong Kong in virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Coronavirus pandemic puts paid to face-to-face meetings and rapport building as annual summit convenes by phone. Joint statement unlikely this year with European Union determination to raise its concerns with Chinese leadership.
12/06/2020
Política South China Morning Post - China Política Internacional Stuart Lau

EU parliament mulling UN court action against China’s national security law for Hong Kong

A draft resolution urges the EU to file suit with the International Court of Justice, contending that Beijing is violating Sino-British Joint Declaration. While the 27 EU states would find it difficult to act on the motion, it demonstrates the union’s disapproval over Beijing’s legal move on Hong Kong
18/09/2019
Política South China Morning Post - China Recursos Naturales Stuart Lau

China starts talks with Chile to use Punta Arenas as jumping off point for Antarctic exploration

China in negotiations with Chilean government to use port for ships headed to Antarctica. Talks take place in first Chile-China Antarctic Joint Cooperation Committee meeting in Santiago.
19/03/2019
Economía South China Morning Post - China Stuart Lau

Italy may be ready to open up four ports to Chinese investment under ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

Prime Minister Conte seeks to assure Italians national security will be safe after deals. Chinese President Xi Jinping expected in port city of Palermo as part of state visit
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