While the EU still regards Greece as its sore spot, China's discovering its charms. 1.5 million Chinese tourists could soon be visiting the cradle of Western civilization – thanks to direct flights from Beijing.
China's Foreign Ministry has already lodged a complaint with the US over the new American Institute in Taiwan building. US officials say the complex represents the "strength and vibrancy of the US-Taiwan partnership."
China unveiled plans Wednesday (April 18) to permit visa-free travel to its southern island of Hainan, as Beijing pushes international tourism to the tropical destination in another step to open up the region.
This DW series explores China's rise as a global superpower. This second article examines the country's foreign policy agenda, which, according to some experts on China, still lacks a grand strategy.
Relations between Beijing and Canberra have been put under pressure with Australia's introduction of an anti-foreign interference bill and reports of a Chinese military base being planned in Vanuatu.
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