The Chinese government is banning all virtual private networks. DW asked Michael Hüther, Director of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, about the impact of this move.
After all, it's better to play it safe. As it becomes a global tech power, China is investing in technologies that have pitfalls, including blockchain technology, says DW's Frank Sieren.
German firms operating in China almost always communicate with their home bases via safe VPN connections. For a long time, Beijing tolerated such networks, but it's now cracking down on any remaining loopholes.
US internet behemoth Google has announced it's investing half a billion dollars in China's second-largest e-commerce company, JD.com. The move is meant to expand its retail services around the world.
After Trump reiterated his anti-free trade rhetoric at the G7, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a more traditional weaponry known as "the facts." German automakers eye proceedings nervously.
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