“A divided Europe is not in China’s interests”, Ambassador Zhang of the Chinese Mission to EU welcomes Brussels

On 06 December 2017 the Chinese Mission to the EU organized in Brussels another grand reception on the special occasion of the new Ambassador, HE Mr Zhang Ming, arriving in town to assume duties. Some of Brussels’ most prominent personalities honoured the new Ambassador with their attendance like EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner Navracsics and […]

“16+1” Cooperation injects new vigor into China-Europe cooperation

This article was written for The Sting by HE Ambassador Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. The opinions expressed belong to the distinguished writer. On 27 November 2017, the Sixth Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries was held in Budapest. The cooperation between China and the 16 CEE […]

“The Sea is vast as it admits all rivers”, Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU gives her farewell address in Brussels

On Wednesday 20 September 2017 the Chinese Mission to the EU celebrated the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China with the organisation of an excellent Reception at its premises in Brussels. This was the moment that Ambassador Yang Yanyi chose to give her final public speech as the Head of […]

The EU Commission vies to screen Chinese investment in Europe

Last week, Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the powerful European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, announced a plan to screen foreign investments. The idea is to hold back or even effectively block business acquisitions or other investment plans financed by third country companies, in key sectors allegedly considered to be sensitive from […]

Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part II)

Suite from Part I This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Claudia Ribeiro, PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon) and one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition/trip to China in 2016. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect The European […]

Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part I)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Claudia Ribeiro, PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon) and one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition/trip to China in 2016. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect The European Sting’s view on the […]

China and UK relations post Brexit as EU addresses Chinese takeovers

Chinese acquisitions of European companies have attracted the attention of the EU’s largest economies, who requested from the Commission to play a more active role on deciding whether these takeovers are ‘politically driven’ or not. The president of the EC, Jean-Claude Juncker, in turn, is expected to announce plans on how to manage foreign investments […]

Human rights in Brussels and in Beijing: a more balanced approach needed

At the last United Nations Human Rights Council meeting, which was held in Geneva earlier this month, Greece shocked the world by objecting a common EU statement regarding the condemnation of  human rights violations in China. EU diplomats were not happy about that as it was the first time that the EU did not agree […]

19th EU-China Summit: A historical advance in the Chino-European rapprochement

Mainstream media and the two EU Presidents (Donald Tusk of the Council and Jean-Claude Juncker of the Commission), during and after last week’s groundbreaking 19th EU-China Summit (1-2 June), focused on the joint and unreserved pledge of Europe and China to wholeheartedly uphold the Paris Climate Agreement. This was a direct reply to Donald Trump’s […]

Q&A on the 19th China-EU Summit to be held on 01-02 June 2017 in Brussels

Endorsed content How do you perceive the China-EU Summit mechanism? What progress has been achieved since the Summit last year? The EU-China Summit mechanism is the highest level political consultation between China and the EU, and it provides an effective platform for the continued development of China-EU relations. Since the first China-EU Summit in 1998, […]

China dazzles the world with her Silk Road plan to connect, Asia, Europe and Africa

More than 30 political leaders and government representatives from 110 countries participate in the Belt and Road Forum China organizes in Beijing on Sunday and Monday 14 and 15 May. The Forum extended an invitation to all the countries of the world, the international organizations and businesses and aspires to be an all inclusive global […]

China invites the EU to a joint endeavor for free trade and order in the world

The European Union and China are to hold a summit this June, which is expected to shape their joint answer to the American protectionist and other threats. Last weekend, those threats prevented the Spring Meeting of the IMF to renew its commitment to free trade. The US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin alone blocked it. Before […]

Can China deal with climate change without the U.S.?

Last Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order which rejects most of the climate initiatives of Obama’s administration. The U.S. President seems to keep his pre-election promises on boosting the coal industry and does not support the fight against global warming. However, China, the second largest economy in the world, has revealed that […]

Europe eyes to replace US as China’s prime foreign partner

Last Tuesday, Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, received in Washington the top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi , in an effort to establish a “regular high-level engagement” with China, after President Donald Trump has practically destroyed the until recently multiple channels of problem solving and interaction between the two super powers. Obviously, Tillerson felt […]

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

The first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began with the opening plenary with Xi Jinping yesterday, President of the People’s Republic of China, monopolizing the interest of the global economic status quo convening these days at the Swiss Alps. This was the first time ever a Chinese President accepts the Davos invite and naturally all the […]

Can the EU afford to block China’s business openings to Europe by denying her the ‘market economy status’?

The way Wallonia, Belgium’s French speaking region approved CETA – the comprehensive economic and trade agreement between the EU and Canada – is a rather dark landmark. In the future, Europe’s trade and otherwise relations with foreign countries will be rather shaky. This was also true in the past, but now became evident for everybody […]

China Unlimited and the Chinese dream

This article was exclusively written for The Sting by Mr Dimitar Papukchiev, one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition and participant at the China Unlimited trip last month. I was deeply impressed by the economic growth of China. The Chinese good governance has a very good strategy to expand further the economic growth through the […]

China Unlimited: the dragon’s long and winding road

This article was written for the Sting by Mrs Claudia Ribeiro, one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition. Mrs Ribeiro took part in the China Unlimited trip from 22 July to 02 August 2016. When the Portuguese seafarers opened the sea route to India, and then to Ming Dynasty China, thus opening the world to global trade, China […]

China Unlimited Special Report: at the heart of Beijing

The first day of the China Unlimited trip commenced with the opening ceremony at Hanban Headquarters, China’s main body of dissemination and growth of Chinese language and culture in the world. This task is being delivered through a wide network of Confucius Institutes all around the globe, enhancing students of Chinese language and welcoming them to the […]

China Unlimited: an exclusive interview with the former Ambassador of Hungary to China

On the aftermath of the China Unlimited trip that was completed a few days ago, Mr Panos Katsampanis, Co-Founder of The European Sting took an interview from one of the most prominent members of the delegation, Mr Sandor Meszaros, an experienced diplomat and former Ambassador of Hungary to China. Mr Meszaros was called to give […]

China revisited by the former Ambassador of Hungary to China

This article was written for the Sting by Mr Sandor Meszaros, former Ambassador of Hungary to China and winner of the China Unlimited competition. Mr Meszaros took part in the China Unlimited trip from 22 July to 02 August 2016. As an intern in Beijing, I went with the Ambassador to the October 1-st National Day reception in 1973. […]

China Unlimited Special Report: The trip to China

The European Sting, the media partner of the China Unlimited competition, travelled to China from the 22nd July to the 2nd of August 2016 to cover the prominent European delegation to China. The trip was divided into two parts: the capital Beijing and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. A rich programme in Beijing kept the strong […]

The South China Sea Arbitration: Illegal, Illegitimate and Invalid

This article was written for the European Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU in Brussels. If I have to choose three words to reflect my views of the award of arbitration over the South China Sea disputes unilaterally filed by the Philippines against China, it would be illegal, illegitimate and invalid. […]

An expert in the South China Sea issue on an exclusive interview at the European Sting

Last Wednesday the European Sting took an interview in Brussels from an expert on the South China Sea. Our interviewee this time was Mrs Yan Yan, Deputy Director of the Research Center of Oceans Law and Policy in the National Institute for the South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and a PhD candidate in the University of Hong Kong on public international law. The stimulating interview is presented below. The Sting’s questions are […]

Some Prevailing Arguments and Perceptions over the South China Sea Issue Are Simply Wrong

This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU For some time now, the South China Sea issue has attracted much attention and media coverage. Some accused China of changing the status quo in the South China Sea by taking unilateral actions that caused tensions in […]

The EU risks trade relations with China over the Tata hype about steel

  It is indisputable that we are running a very important period regarding the trade relations between China and the EU. On the one hand, it is only today that the Commission’s online public consultation on future measures to prevent dumped imports from China is closing; a consultation which had earlier opened on 10 February. The EU is conducting […]

In China things are moving in the right direction

Written by YE Fujing, Economic advisor, Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU China’s “overcapacity” is regularly making headlines with reports of China over-exporting, particularly in the steel sector, and allegedly dragging down the global economy. These reports call for more careful examination. To start, there should be no illusion regarding the problem: overcapacity, […]

The right approach to addressing overcapacity problem from a Chinese perspective

This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU The recent weeks have seen further worrying moves in Brussels. The European Commission opened new anti-dumping investigations on steel products originating from China, and the European steel industry organized a demonstration against so-called Chinese dumping on the […]

A Sting Exclusive: “China is Making Good Stories not Bad Ones”, Ambassador Yang highlights from Brussels

Written by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU   A few days ago, I was chatting with some European business people. Naturally the conversation was focused on China. There were obvious worries and concerns. It was complained that China had been making “bad stories” over the past years – slowing […]

China’s 13th Five Year Plan and the opportunities for Europe

Amid substantial interest of the global community about China’s growth and only a few months before the launch of the 13th five year plan of the country, a stimulating event took place in Brussels earlier this week analysing the aims of China’s new 2016-2020 development strategy. The event, which was organised by Friends of Europe, hosted two […]