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22. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Orban's Moscow Trip Discussed at EU Foreign Ministers' Meeting

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
The EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the uncoordinated Moscow trip by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The EU is expected to strongly criticize Orban's actions, while Germany and other countries are pushing for a boycott of an informal foreign council in Budapest. The EU is also discussing military aid for Ukraine in the Russian aggression. Orban's blocking of approximately €6.5 billion in funds is causing further tensions. The meeting will also cover the Gaza conflict and a proposed association council with Israel. The EU foreign chief, Josep Borrell, had suggested moving the meeting to Brussels. The EU is divided over the issue, with some countries supporting Orban, while others oppose Borrell's boycott idea. The EU's actions are seen as a response to Orban's visits to Moscow, Beijing, and Washington, which have raised concerns about his role as a spokesperson for the EU. Borrell's decision to boycott the meeting in Budapest has been criticized by countries like Poland, Lithuania, and Sweden, while Germany, France, and the Netherlands reject the idea. The EU's move to shift the meeting from Budapest to Brussels symbolically reflects Hungary's uncoordinated diplomatic efforts on Ukraine, which have been rebuked by 25 EU countries and undermines EU unity.
22. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Foreign Minister Kuleba travels to China for talks on Ukraine war

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is visiting China to discuss the possibility of ending the Russian aggression against Ukraine. The talks will focus on finding ways to stop the Russian aggression and the potential role of China in achieving a sustainable and just peace. China, a close political and economic partner of Russia, portrays itself as a neutral party in the Ukraine war. However, Western allies of Ukraine accuse China of not condemning the Russian aggression and continuing to supply Russia with goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes. Chinese President Xi Jinping recently called for direct peace negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow and for the international community to support a ceasefire. This visit follows China's release of a Twelve-Point Plan in February 2023 to end the Ukraine war, which was criticized by Western states for allowing Russia to retain control over occupied Ukrainian territory. Minister Kuleba's visit to China is expected to last until Thursday.
21. Juli 2024 um 09:00

Trump Insults Biden and Pelosi in Fiery Rally

Republican nominee Donald Trump held a fiery rally in Michigan, mocking Democratic President Joe Biden as a 'stupid' and 'low-IQ individual' and comparing former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to a 'dog'. Trump repeated false claims about the presidential election being rigged by Democrats and suggested they are allowing an 'invasion' over the US border. This rally marked Trump's return to the campaign trail after surviving an assassination attempt. He also touted his relationships with world leaders and called for a 'landslide that is too big to rig'. Trump denigrated Vice President Kamala Harris as 'crazy' as well. The event saw a mix of excitement, prayers, and confusion over Trump's new running mate JD Vance. Michigan Republican officials criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer while Vance challenged Harris's record. Trump portrayed himself as a victim defending the country, with strong support from the crowd. The event featured music by Édith Piaf, Village People, and Kid Rock.
21. Juli 2024 um 05:50

Bridge Collapse and Extreme Weather Leave Death and Destruction in China

Ein eingestürztes Brückenteil ist in Shangluo in der nordchinesischen Provinz Shaanxi am 20. Juli 2024 zu sehen.
At least twelve people have been killed and dozens are missing after a bridge collapsed in China due to heavy rain and flooding. The incident occurred in the city of Shangluo, in the Shaanxi province, southwest of Beijing. Witnesses reported multiple vehicles falling into the river below as the bridge collapsed. In addition to the bridge collapse, severe storms in the Sichuan province have resulted in several deaths and numerous people still missing. These events are the latest in a series of extreme weather occurrences in China this summer, with the east and south experiencing heavy rain and floods, and the north suffering from heatwaves. Researchers attribute the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in China to human-induced climate change, with the country being the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for comprehensive rescue efforts to locate the missing individuals. The situation is being closely monitored, with significant resources being allocated to search and rescue operations, including the use of drones and boats.
20. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Tragedy Strikes China as Bridge Collapse Claims Lives and Leaves Dozens Missing

A devastating bridge collapse in Shaanxi's Shangluo resulted in 12 fatalities and 31 individuals missing after heavy rain and flash floods led to 17 cars and 8 trucks plunging into the river. President Xi Jinping has instructed rescue operations. Furthermore, flooding and mudslides ravaged Baoji city, Gansu, Henan, and Sichuan, causing 2 deaths and leaving 7 people missing. These tragic occurrences are increasingly associated with climate change, following a May incident where a highway collapse claimed 48 lives.
19. Juli 2024 um 23:55

China's Communist Party Communique Reveals Reform Objectives and Focus on Growth and Risks

China's ruling Communist Party concluded its policy meeting with a communique that highlighted the need to strike a balance between growth and security in the face of uncertainties. The communique outlined a wide range of reform objectives to be completed in the next five years, emphasizing the party's commitment to economic restructuring and long-term governance improvements. While the document acknowledged the challenges China is facing, it also stressed the importance of finishing this year's growth targets and stimulating domestic consumption. The communique called for deepening reforms in various areas, including the economy, rural land, taxation, environmental protection, national security, and cultural development. It also highlighted the significance of science and technology development, supply-side reform, and improving human capital and talent. The communique emphasized the need to maintain market order, correct market failures, control risks, and ensure social stability. Overall, the party's focus remains on managing risks, maintaining stability, and achieving its long-term goals.
18. Juli 2024 um 19:55

China's Communist Party Sets Reform Agenda for the Next Five Years

China's ruling Communist Party has concluded its policy meeting, releasing a communique that outlines the reform objectives for the next five years. The party aims to strike a balance between growth and security amidst mounting uncertainties. The communique emphasizes the need for painful economic restructuring and acknowledges the present difficulties facing the country. It sets a clear deadline for the completion of various reforms by 2029 and highlights the importance of science and technology development in achieving economic transition. Additionally, the party vows to deepen reforms in various areas, including the economy, taxation, environmental protection, and national security. The communique also addresses the need to control risks, fight corruption, and improve governance. While the document offers few surprises, it provides insights into the leadership's policy directions and thinking for the coming years. Overall, China's Communist Party remains committed to its reform agenda and maintaining stability amidst internal and external challenges.
17. Juli 2024 um 19:55

Orbán's 'Peace Mission' and its Consequences

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's recent meetings with world leaders, including Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping, have sparked controversy and condemnation. Orbán claims that Trump has 'detailed and well-founded' plans to end the Russia-Ukraine war and is ready to broker peace immediately after the election. However, critics, such as Czech Prime Minister Fiala, argue that Orbán's 'peace mission' only helps Putin and aids the Kremlin's interests. Fiala emphasizes that Europe must take greater responsibility for security and not repeat the mistakes of appeasement in the past. The European Parliament has condemned Orbán's Moscow trip and calls for retaliation, while highlighting Hungary's blockade of aid for Ukraine. Extreme right-wing parties, such as Jordan Bardella's Reagrupamiento Nacional and the European Conservatives and Reformists, oppose the resolution, while other parties, including the Socialists and Democrats, support it. The resolution also mentions Giorgia Meloni, the president of the Council of the EU Charles Michel, Orbán's meetings with Trump, Xi Jinping, and Ursula von der Leyen, and Hungary's EU presidency. The situation has led to boycotts and cancellations of meetings organized by the Hungarian presidency, further exacerbating tensions within the EU.
17. Juli 2024 um 14:59

Germany and EU partners increase pressure on Hungary over Ukraine

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
Germany and other EU member states are putting pressure on Hungary to prioritize Ukraine aid, following Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's controversial visits to Moscow and China. At a finance ministers meeting in Brussels, most member states called on Hungary to prioritize Ukraine aid, with German Finance Minister Christian Lindner criticising Orban's 'solo efforts'. Hungary's EU presidency has faced a boycott from several countries, with Germany considering sending only lower-ranking officials to Budapest. The European Parliament has also condemned Orban's visits, calling them a violation of EU foreign policy. The European Commission has boycotted informal ministerial meetings organised by Hungary's EU presidency. Despite opposition from Brussels and Washington, Orbán remains determined to pursue his peace mission and has sought closer relations with China. Hungary and China have elevated their bilateral relations to an 'all-weather comprehensive strategic partnership' during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Budapest. Orbán aims to act as a mediator and peacemaker in Eastern Europe and strengthen Eurasian integration between Europe and East Asia.
16. Juli 2024 um 20:10

EU Officials Boycott Hungary's Informal Meetings over Diplomatic Push on Ukraine

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's unauthorized meetings with foreign leaders, including Russia's President Vladimir Putin and former US President Donald Trump, to discuss Ukraine have sparked outrage and led to a boycott of Hungary's informal meetings during its EU presidency. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other top officials have decided not to attend these meetings. The EU Council President Michel has publicly criticized Orbán's solo diplomacy on Ukraine, rejecting his claims of a 'pro-war policy'. The EU's 27 member states have expressed consensus in supporting Ukraine, not Orbán's proposals. Legal concerns have also been raised over Hungary's actions, with the EU's legal service stating that they could breach treaties. The boycott by EU officials underscores the growing tensions and disagreement within the European Union regarding Hungary's diplomatic efforts on Ukraine.
16. Juli 2024 um 09:04

China's Economic Slowdown Amidst Housing Crisis and Policy Reforms

Shanghai Financial Center, China
China's economy has faced a significant slowdown as the real estate crash has hindered consumer and company spending, despite a surge in exports. The recent Third Plenum, attended by Xi Jinping and Communist Party officials, aimed to set a new economic course to address the country's growth and property challenges. With economic growth at 4.7% in Q2 falling below forecasts, issues such as weak consumer sectors and job insecurity have further exacerbated the situation. Amidst these challenges, US executives are closely monitoring the outcomes of the Third Plenum for valuable insights into China's economic direction.
15. Juli 2024 um 05:52

China's Economy Grows Less Strongly Than Expected in Q2

Shanghai Financial Center, China
China's economy grew by only 4.7% in Q2 2024, below Bloomberg's forecast of 5.1%. The real estate crisis, aging population, and trade disputes are causing concerns. State leader Xi is chairing a four-day meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party to discuss deepening reforms and advancing Chinese modernization. The meeting aims to address economic challenges and set a course for the future. The focus is on supporting high-tech innovation and domestic consumption. China's target is 5% growth, but it may be missed. The economy is facing weak consumption and property woes. Policymakers are looking for solutions amidst trade frictions and domestic challenges. The meeting also aims to restore confidence among Chinese citizens and foreign investors. China's economic growth is losing momentum, and reforms are intended to bring about a turnaround. The IMF suggests strengthening domestic demand to drive growth. The meeting is expected to generate long-term structural reforms for the country.
11. Juli 2024 um 20:00

EU Unity Shaken as Hungary's Orbán Conducts Rogue Diplomacy Amid Ukraine Crisis

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
The recent actions of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have sparked significant backlash within the European Union, with member states expressing strong criticism over his unilateral diplomatic initiatives amidst the Ukraine crisis. Orbán's visits to meet with Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi, and now former US President Trump have raised concerns about his disregard for EU consensus and proper mandates. The EU has condemned Orbán for potentially violating European treaties by engaging in what he calls a 'peace mission' for Ukraine without the EU's authorization. Despite the wide dissatisfaction among EU ambassadors regarding Hungary's EU presidency and Orbán's actions, concrete measures to address the situation have not been discussed. The controversy surrounding Orbán's 'peace tour' and his attempts to position Hungary as a key player in potential peace negotiations have further strained relations between Hungary and the other 26 EU member states. Orbán's defiance of EU norms, particularly amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, has exacerbated tensions within the bloc, with concerns raised over his motives and the implications of his diplomatic maneuvers. The lack of a clear mandate and consultation with EU partners has fueled criticisms that Orbán is acting unilaterally and potentially undermining EU unity during a critical time. As Orbán continues to engage in what some perceive as rogue diplomacy, the EU faces challenges in maintaining cohesion and addressing Hungary's controversial approach to international relations in the context of the Ukraine conflict.
11. Juli 2024 um 00:00

The Shift in Geopolitical Power Dynamics: China's Influence in Kazakhstan

China's increasing dominance in Kazakhstan is reshaping the geopolitical landscape, potentially challenging Russia's long-standing influence in Central Asia. As Kazakhstan strengthens economic ties with China, it has emerged as Beijing's major trading partner, surpassing its ties with Moscow. The recent SCO summit showcased China's growing prominence, with President Xi Jinping receiving a warmer reception than President Vladimir Putin, signaling Kazakhstan's inclination towards bolstering relations with China. Despite maintaining a 'multi-vector foreign policy', Kazakhstan's alignment with Beijing hints at a potential shift away from Russian dominance. The SCO, often seen as a counterweight to NATO, is now reflecting a widening gap between China and Russia's influence, as initiatives like the BRI solidify China's foothold in the region. With tensions rising in East Asia, the world is witnessing a delicate balance of power between China and Russia, urging for diplomatic efforts to avert potential conflicts and maintain stability in the region.
9. Juli 2024 um 09:04

Controversy Surrounding Viktor Orbán's Diplomatic Endeavors in Moscow and Beijing

Vladimir Putin & Viktor Orban, 5. Juli 2024
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's recent 'peace mission' to Moscow and Beijing, conducted without EU approval, has sparked sharp criticism from German foreign policy politicians. The cancelled visit of Germany's Foreign Minister Baerbock to Hungary further highlights the tensions. Orbán's actions, including dismissing EU support for Ukraine in favor of China and Brazil's peace proposal, are viewed as an attempt to solidify his image among right-wing populist groups in Europe. The visits to Russia, China, and the planned meeting with former US President Donald Trump have raised concerns within the EU, leading to discussions on possible punitive measures against Hungary. Despite professional work by Hungarian officials during their EU Council Presidency, Orbán's unilateral diplomatic initiatives have significantly strained relations with the EU, with members seeking clarity on the outcomes and considering various consequences, including legal actions.
8. Juli 2024 um 15:08

Orban's Peace Mission: Xi Calls for Ceasefire in Ukraine

Viktor Orban & Xi Jinping in Peking am 8. Juli 2024
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made a surprise visit to Beijing to discuss the Ukraine war with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During their meeting, Xi called for a ceasefire and subsequent negotiations to serve the interests of all parties involved. Orban, who had previously warned of further escalation of the fighting and called for peace negotiations, stressed that he was not acting on behalf of the EU. The visit comes after Orban's visits to Ukraine and Russia as part of his self-declared 'peace mission.' Xi and Orban expressed alignment in their peace efforts and emphasized the need for the international community to create conditions for the warring parties to resume negotiations. However, the German government and other EU representatives have distanced themselves from Orban's actions, emphasizing that he does not speak for the EU or as an EU representative. Orban's close ties with Russia despite the Ukraine war have drawn criticism from the EU and NATO.
8. Juli 2024 um 06:19

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban's Controversial 'Peace Mission' to China

Viktor Orban & Xi Jinping in Peking am 8. Juli 2024
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has embarked on a self-proclaimed 'peace mission' by visiting China to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This visit comes after Orban's surprising trips to Ukraine and Russia, which drew criticism from the EU and NATO. Orban describes China as an important force in efforts to end the war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, tragedy strikes as a family dies in a mine explosion in the Kharkiv region. The war in Ukraine continues to escalate, with Russian attacks injuring several people, including a child, in the Dnipropetrovsk region. Amidst these developments, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy meets with the Republican Chairman of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, to discuss support for Ukraine. Estonian President Karis warns against an imposed peace, and the UK and the Netherlands pledge weapons and defense systems to Ukraine. As tensions rise, the EU has no evidence of misuse of Ukrainian infrastructure funds. Despite the dangers and controversies, Orban remains committed to his 'peace mission' and emphasizes the need for peace talks to achieve a ceasefire in Ukraine.
4. Juli 2024 um 20:06

China and Russia's Strategic Partnerships at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Kazakhstan

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Kazakhstan to discuss deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership, strengthening defence ties, and expanding economic cooperation. Both leaders highlighted tectonic shifts in global politics and emphasized the need for countries to resist external interference and control their own futures. The SCO issued a joint declaration acknowledging the changing global political landscape and calling for an enhanced role in global security, seen as a counterweight to US hegemony. Xi Jinping also expressed support for Kazakhstan's bid to join the BRICS cooperation mechanism and backed the development of transport connections and people-to-people exchanges in the region. The summit showcased China and Russia's efforts to compete and cooperate in Central Asia, with both countries expanding their influence through infrastructure projects and growing trade. Additionally, the SCO welcomed Belarus as its tenth member, further solidifying the organization's presence in Asia and Europe.
4. Juli 2024 um 20:03

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin's Strategic Partnership at SCO Summit in Kazakhstan

During the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Kazakhstan, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin solidified their strategic partnership by discussing deepening ties, expanding economic cooperation, and supporting Kazakhstan's bid to join the BRICS cooperation mechanism. The leaders reaffirmed their anti-Western alliance, criticized missile defense systems, and welcomed Belarus as a new member. Xi and Putin emphasized resisting external interference, the need for a multipolar world, and the use of national currencies. The summit highlighted tectonic shifts in global politics, the SCO's role in global security, and the expansion of China and Russia's influence in Central Asia.
3. Juli 2024 um 19:59

China-Russia-led SCO: Expanding Influence and Countering the West

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), spearheaded by China and Russia, is widening its reach by accepting Belarus, a staunch Russian supporter. This move underscores the SCO's shift towards becoming a geopolitical force challenging Western influence. Putin and Xi's meetings during the SCO summit in Kazakhstan highlight their joint efforts to counterbalance the US and reshape global dynamics. Central Asian leaders gathering in Astana also showcase China's growing presence in the region, marking the organization as a platform for China and Russia to assert their global ambitions.
3. Juli 2024 um 06:18

Summit of Kremlin Friends: Putin meets Xi and Erdogan in Astana

Russian President Vladimir Putin convenes with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Astana, Kazakhstan, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. The meeting focuses on fostering a new world order, with Putin seeking support from the participants for his initiatives. Additionally, the SCO summit aims to deepen cooperation within the organization and enhance its activities, with leaders from various nations in attendance, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Concurrently, Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Kazakhstan underscores China's efforts to solidify ties in Central Asia and expand its influence, particularly in competition with Russia within the region.
27. Juni 2024 um 20:00

China's Communist Party Purges Ex-Defense Ministers Over Corruption Charges

China's Communist Party Purges Ex-Defense Ministers Over Corruption Charges
The Chinese Communist Party has expelled former Defense Ministers Li Shangfu and Wei Fenghe on corruption allegations, amidst escalating tensions with the US regarding Taiwan. President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has targeted high-ranking military figures, with accusations of bribery and abuse of power. Both ex-ministers have been removed from the party, highlighting the government's crackdown on corruption within the military leadership. The cases of Li Shangfu and Wei Fenghe are part of a broader initiative to combat graft and maintain discipline among senior officials in China.
24. Juni 2024 um 15:04

Balancing Trade and Tariffs: Poland's Duda in Talks with China

Polish President Andrzej Duda
Polish President Andrzej Duda seeks to boost Polish exports to China to create a more balanced trade relationship, amidst discussions of EU tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles. Duda's visit to China includes discussions on the Ukraine conflict, Belarusian migration issues, and enhancing economic ties. Meanwhile, China offers incentives to German carmakers to persuade the EU to drop EV tariffs, highlighting differing approaches between the EU and China. President Xi Jinping and Duda reaffirm ties, discussing trade, agriculture, and the Belt and Road Initiative, while addressing the Ukraine crisis and advocating for peaceful resolutions.
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