Tag Archives: China

Ukraine: why China is not yet bailing out Russia

Aglaya Snetkov, UCL and Marc Lanteigne, University of Tromsø As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, China’s role has been thrown into sharp relief. Prior to the war, some commentators suggested that China would openly side with Russia or seek to act as a mediator – so far Beijing appears to have resisted doing either. As Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to …

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Ukraine: Putin isn’t mad – he’s following a long-established great power playbook for conquest

Alexander Titov, Queen’s University Belfast The Russian invasion of Ukraine has confounded everyone. Given its huge economic, reputational and political costs – not to mention the immense human misery it has already caused – how can anyone in their right mind choose to start such a war? The question of rationality is important when assessing a country’s actions, the likely …

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Africa’s relations with the EU: a reset is possible if Europe changes its attitude

Some African and European leaders at the last AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, November 2017. Philippe Wojazer/AFP via Getty Images Niall Duggan, University College Cork; Luis Mah, Universidade de Lisboa , and Toni Haastrup, University of Stirling Summits between the African Union and European Union are essential to setting the big picture agenda of contemporary Africa-EU relations. They also …

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COVID: China is developing its own mRNA vaccine – and it’s showing early promise

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock Eoghan De Barra, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences China, the country that first detected the novel coronavirus, remains one of the few not to have imported one of the exceptionally effective mRNA COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Instead, it has so far relied on vaccines developed by two Chinese companies, Sinovac and Sinopharm. However, this …

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Russia and China’s growing ‘friendship’ is more a public relations exercise than a new world order

Marcin Kaczmarski, University of Glasgow and Natasha Kuhrt, King’s College London Against the backdrop of a western diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, China and Russia have marked the occasion by showing off their increasingly close relationship. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin posed for pictures with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the opening of the 2022 Winter Games, declaring their …

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Explainer: who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?

Many Muslim minorities in China, particularly the Uyghurs, are arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned. from shutterstock.com Anna Hayes, James Cook University The Uyghurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims from the Central Asian region. The largest population live in China’s autonomous Xinjiang region, in the country’s north-west. The Uyghurs are one of a number of persecuted Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, including the Kazakhs, Uzbeks, …

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China’s plans for Xinjiang, and what it means for the region’s persecuted Uyghurs – podcast

Gemma Ware, The Conversation and Daniel Merino, The Conversation When the Beijing Winter Olympics open on February 4, diplomats from a number of countries, including the US, UK, Canada and Australia, will not be there to watch. Their diplomatic boycott hinges on concerns about human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly, …

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