China joins list of nations banning the sale of old-style fossil-fuelled vehicles

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content From 2035, the only new cars for sale in China will be ‘new-energy’. In parts of Europe, similar rules are coming on stream earlier. The US is lagging behind – only California […]

China and the EU agree to protect each other’s food and drink specialities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament backed an agreement between the EU and China to protect the names of 200 European and Chinese food specialties from counterfeiting. Parliament consented to an agreement by 645 votes, with 22 against and 18 abstentions, signed in September 2020 between the […]

“China needs to convince the EU that it is worth having an investment agreement” but not the EU to convince China? China-EU Leaders’ Meeting 2020 calls for mutual “transparency, reciprocity and respect”

Last Monday, the very important China-EU Leaders’ Meeting took place through videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between China’s President Xi, the President of the EU Council Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. There is no doubt that after the wide criticism regarding the EU’s mistakes during June’s China-EU […]

Key quotes from China’s Premier Li on COVID-19, the economy and US relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. China’s Premier Li Keqiang shared his thoughts with business leaders during a virtual World Economic Forum Special Dialogue, at a critical time for a world economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing China’s efforts to shore up its domestic […]

This Chinese megacity is building a massive car-free district

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content A 132 hectare slice of this Chinese megacity is to be car-free. It will be home to Tencent but open to the public. Reducing global reliance on cars can save lives and […]

On the 22nd China-EU Summit: “negotiating partner, economic competitor and systemic rival”; is this the right EU approach to address your 2nd biggest trading partner?

Yesterday was the day that the much anticipated 22nd China-EU Summit took place. As this year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, the EU-China Summit had been initially scheduled to take place earlier in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, the Summit took place through […]

Missions of Our Time Shared by China and EU

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written on the Occasion of 45th Anniversary of Establishment of China-EU Diplomatic Ties by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong […]

Can a package from China cause Coronavirus infection? Debunking the top 7 Coronavirus myths!

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Poorvaprabha Patil, a 4th year medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

COVID-19 Update: Amidst coronavirus bleeding, Trump’s administration is desperately looking for scapegoats

The third week of April has found 2.4 million people globally contracting COVID-19, while more than 160,000 have tragically lost their lives due to the pandemic. More than half of the fatalities are witnessed in Europe with around 100,000 deceased whereas the US has exceeded a total of 40,000 casualties. At the same time, China, […]

This South Korean city once had the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside of China. Now it’s reported zero new cases

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Josh Smith, Journalist, Daegu, in South Korea, was host to the first large coronavirus outbreak outside of China. The city has reported a total of 6,807 cases since the outbreak started there in late February. On 10th April, […]

COVID-19 Update: Solidarity and Joint Efforts Shall be the Main Theme For China and Europe in the Fight Against the Outbreak

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by a Chinese diplomat from the Department of Europe of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opinions expressed within reflect the writer’s views and not necessarily The European Sting’s position on the issue. As the COVID-19 epidemic keeps spreading, Europe has become the epicenter of the global […]

To Fight the Pandemic, Put Trust and Cooperation Before Politics

This article was published first at The European Sting and was written by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ming. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. This spring is never going to be […]

Pandemic declared as infections slow in China. Today’s 7 coronavirus updates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information. 1. WHO officially declares coronavirus a pandemic As the WHO classified the […]

China’s response shows how bold decision-making can contain coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content A series of strict lockdowns restricted people’s movements. Social media apps were used to control how people moved around. New infection rates are now lower than in around 15 other countries. The […]

Facts, not fear, will stop COVID-19 – so how should we talk about it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robin Pomeroy, Journalist, World Economic Forum “Words matter”: World Health Organization issues guidelines to media. Stick to the facts, don’t spread rumours, and avoid stigmatizing patients. Poor information could help disease spread; good info could help halt it. […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Busting the myth by looking at the facts

Finally, some good news about the new coronavirus pneumonia outbreak (COVID-19). According to Reuters, China’s National Health Commission reported a substantial drop of 77% in new coronavirus cases last week, as the number of new cases in China dropped last Wednesday to 394 from 1,749 on the previous day. According to CNN’s most recent report, […]

This is how the tech giants are helping tackle coronavirus

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Tech giants are preventing the spread of false information. The search for a vaccine is everyone’s top priority. Jack Ma has donated $14m to help find a vaccine. Some of the biggest […]

This is what different countries are doing to stop coronavirus from spreading

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Wenzhou, more than 800km from the coronavirus epicentre in Wuhan, is the latest Chinese city to go into lockdown. Some countries are denying entry to foreign visitors who have been in China […]

China has announced ambitious plans to cut single-use plastic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content China has announced a phased ban on various types of single-use plastic. It joins numerous other countries in introducing bans. The move to a circular economy is vital to reduce plastic pollution. The […]

What we know about the Wuhan coronavirus and urgent plans to develop a vaccine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samantha Sault, Writer, Washington DC and Geneva The virus first appeared in a seafood market in Wuhan, China The virus is thought to have crossed to humans from bats Developing a vaccine is now a priority The spread […]

The future of energy is being shaped in Asia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francois Austin, Partner, Oliver Wyman A Frenchman is credited with being the first to discover the photovoltaic effect that produces electricity from sunlight. The first solar panel was built in the US. But when Abu Dhabi decided to […]

In 2020 Asia will have the world’s largest GDP. Here’s what that means

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Praneeth Yendamuri, Partner, Bain & Company & Zara Ingilizian, Head of Shaping the Future of Consumption; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Business must adapt to a rapidly growing middle class changing consumer behaviour and profiles. […]

Accelerating SDG Progress in Asia – Pacific

This article was written for The European Sting by Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development and Ms. Van Nguyen, Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writers. “The 2030 Agenda is coming to life”, […]

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Southeast Asia’s growth in electricity demand is among the fastest in the world Renewable energy only meets around 15% of demand Higher temperatures are leading to an increased use of air-conditioning Peak […]

These are the UK’s biggest trading partners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Last year, nearly half the UK’s exports went to EU countries. The top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, Germany, France, Netherlands and Ireland, China was the sixth most-important export market […]

BRICS’ New Development Bank turns four: what has it achieved?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leslie Maasdorp, Vice President, New Development Bank The crane at the top of the 30-storey New Development Bank’s brand new headquarters, currently under construction, is clearly visible from the bank’s existing premises in Shanghai’s financial heartland of Lujiazui. In […]

Services are the hidden side of the US-China trade war

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Fellow , University of International Business and Economics in Beijing Discussions about the trade war between the United States and China have largely focused on goods. This is not surprising, given that tariffs have been […]

Why the internet is yesterday’s news in China’s digital leap forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Wenyan Ma In May 2017, China hosted the historical Go match between Ke Jie, the world’s No 1-ranked player and world champion, and the AI-enabled computer program AlphaGo, designed by Google’s DeepMind Lab. The Wuzhen showdown was […]

From Hangzhou to Rwanda: how Jack Ma brought Chinese e-commerce to Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brian A Wong, Vice President, Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group & Roger Yong Zhang, Senior Lead, International Corporate Affairs, Alibaba Group When Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma, first visited Africa a couple of years ago, he discovered many similarities between Africa […]

G7: A serious setback hardly avoided in iconic Biarritz

The G7 yearly summits are supposed to strengthen the unity of the world’s wealthiest democracies vis-à-vis the rest of the world. Not anymore, many say, but this time there is one important exception: Iran. The leaders of France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and of course the US, met during the weekend in the coastal […]

The US starts an intense currency war to protect its global standing

One month ago this newspaper’s title was: “Trump after marginalizing G20 attacks Europe and China where it hurts, brandishes currency war”. Since then, the American President intensified his attacks on money parities, mainly against China. At the same time, he continues pressing the American central bank, the Fed, for not taking tough measures to actually […]

5 lessons from China on how to drive sustainable growth

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Chi Jingtao, Chairman, COFCO Corporation Journalists, politicians and regular citizens have spent much time in recent years discussing the ‘Chinese dream’. It’s our vision of China’s journey into the future. I believe the Chinese dream will see us […]

10 expert predictions for the next decade in Chinese AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Xiang, Co-founder, China Money Network. Over the past several years, we have witnessed the blossoming of China’s artificial intelligence industry. Thanks to generous government policy support, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs and venture investors, China commandeered a position that […]