Tag Archives: China

11-S de 2021: un repaso a 20 años de relaciones internacionales

La ciudad de Nueva York durante los ataques del 11 de septiembre de 2001. Wikimedia Commons / Mike Goad Juan Luis Manfredi, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha Aquel episodio de la memoria no ha cesado. Los terribles atentados del 11-S representaron un giro referencial en las relaciones internacionales y se han instalado como la primera nota de la historia del mundo …

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China: removing ‘Arab-style’ features from country’s biggest mosques the latest move in campaign of Muslim assimilation

Islamic landmark in China: the Dongguan mosque in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, western China. David Stroup, Author provided David R. Stroup, University of Manchester In the normally quiet city of Xining, capital of northwest China’s Qinghai province, everyday interactions between the city’s ethnic groups – Han Chinese, Hui Muslim, Tibetans, Turkic Salars and others – usually pass without …

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China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

Chinese engineers pose after welding the first seamless rails for the China-Laos railway in Vientiane, Laos, June 18, 2020. Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua via Getty Images Blake Alexander Simmons, Boston University; Kevin P. Gallagher, Boston University, and Rebecca Ray, Boston University China is shaping the future of economic development through its Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious multi-billion-dollar international push to better …

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China’s new rules allow kids on video games just 3 hours a week – but gaming addiction isn’t about time, it’s about attitude

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University People in China under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays, under new rules introduced this week. China’s state media service says the rules aim to curb gaming addiction. China has a history of making dramatic moves aimed at …

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China is on course to build the best cars in the world

Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University Europeans and other western nations have dominated automotive excellence for over a century. Whether it is the satisfying thud of the door closing on a Volkswagen from Wolfsburg, or the beauty of a Ferrari from Modena, these brands are iconic – and very lucrative for their manufacturers. When we think of reliability, the Germans, and …

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How the Bui Dam set up China’s future engagement strategy with Ghana

The Bui Dam is a tangible reminder of China’s influence in Ghana. Wikimedia Commons Kwame Adovor Tsikudo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Aid, trade and foreign direct investments typify China’s global rise and its African activities. Central to China’s expanding relationship with African countries is infrastructure, including fibre optics, transport networks and energy-generating projects. In addition, China supports African projects …

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Semiconductors: Chinese takeover of UK’s leading chipmaker doesn’t need a security review – here’s why

Hamza Mudassir, Cambridge Judge Business School Chinese state-backed conglomerate Wingtech Technology is taking full control of the UK’s largest semiconductor foundry, Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), for £63 million. Wingtech has been a majority shareholder in NWF, which specialises in making chips for the car industry, since 2019 through its Dutch chip-maker subsidiary, Nexperia. But it is only now that the …

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Rethinking how we look at Africa’s relationship with China

The framing of Africa’s relationship with China needs a rethink. Shutterstock Christopher J. Lee, Lafayette College The topic of China-Africa relations presents an opportunity to rethink the territorial parameters of African studies. In particular, it can help shift attention away from the Atlantic world as the dominant focal point of connections between Africa and the wider world. The problem is …

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Covid-19: why the lab leak theory must be formally investigated

Virginie Courtier, Université de Paris and Etienne Decroly, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) A year and a half into the pandemic, we still do not know exactly where the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, came from. The prevailing view so far has been that the virus “spilled over” from bats into humans. But there are increasing calls to investigate the possibility that …

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Bitcoin: China’s crackdown isn’t enough – only a global effort can stop crypto’s monstrous energy demand

Anucha Cheechang/Shutterstock Peter Howson, Northumbria University, Newcastle Huge concrete data centres, permanently plugged into power plants and telephone exchanges, maintain much of online life. But the infrastructure behind internet-based cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, dogecoin and ethereum is more like a rusty travelling circus. And right now, that circus is on the road. Bitcoin relies on a network of millions of …

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