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Huawei finds itself entangled ever deeper in trade dispute   It was a move that reflected a new quality in the trade dispute between China and the US: Straight after US President Donald Trump had issued his decree forbidding US firms from using telecommunication technology that is classified as a risk to national security, Google reacted on Monday by withdrawing its Android licence from Huawei with immediate effect. The move caused uncertainty for Huawei customers worldwide, but also caused the share prices of companies that work with Huawei to fall. Read more...

CHINA AND THE WORLDCelebration of Asian cultures includes message to the US Leaders from across Asia gathered in Beijing in May to celebrate the first Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (亚洲文明对话大会) – an event described by China’s State Council Information Office as a ”carnival to celebrate the diversity of Asian civilizations.” Leaders and officials from 47 Asian countries attended the event, as well as the Greek president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who was in China on a state visit. Read more...

POLITICS, SOCIETY AND MEDIASame sex marriage in Taiwan and a challenge for the mediaIt was a historic day for Asia: On May 17 the Taiwanese parliament passed the draft bill to legalize same sex marriage. With President Tsai Ing-wen’s signature this Friday, the law will officially come into force. While the LGBT community in Taiwan celebrates on the streets, the media were finding it difficult to report on the development – not least because of Taiwan’s controversial status. Read more...

China’s pork industry under threat as African swine fever spreads to all provinces The recent outbreak of African swine fever (AFS) is already having an impact on China’s domestic pork industry and could soon be felt in meat and feedstuff prices around the world. The highly contagious virus, which is harmless in humans but 100% fatal for pigs, has been spreading through China since the first reported case in August last year. Read more..

.ECONOMY, FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGYChina acts to support yuan as markets react to trade warWith the trade war between the US and China intensifying, one immediate impact has been on the Chinese currency. Since the beginning of April, the CNY has fallen more than 2% against the US dollar, now standing at 6.9. This is perilously close to 7, a line seen as psychologically important by many analysts. Read more...Beijing seeks to limit effects of the trade dispute on firms and the labor marketFor the first time since the beginning of the trade dispute with the US, Beijing is to introduce exemptions intended to protect key industries. The Chinese Ministry of Finance announced on May 13 that it would test such measures. Read more...THE EUROPEAN VIEWDutch China strategy is a careful balancing actThe Netherlands is the first EU member state to formalize its China strategy in a single, comprehensive document setting out its interests and policy priorities. Published on May 15 in response to demands by members of the Dutch parliament for a clear and future-proof strategy on China, it is the result of a year-long consultation process and heated debate among different ministries and within cabinet. Read more...

PROFILE“Frisbee Hu” – Global Times editor Hu XijingHis nickname is “Frisbee Hu”. Whatever the government throws at the hawkish hardliner – he will catch it. Since 2005 Hu has been editor at the Global Times. The newspaper is produced under the auspices of the People’s Daily, one of the country’s most influential party state media outlets. Global Times. Read more...Editori

al teamManaging editor: Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich, Director of Communications MERICS
Editor: Janet Anderson, Freelance editor
Graphic: Alexandra Hinrichs, Graphic designer, MERICS
Photo credit: ImagineChina


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