Chinese investors have embarked on a buying spree in Europe. 2016 looks set to be a record year for takeovers. We talk with Cora Jungbluth from the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Zimbabwe's military takeover has caught the attention of the world – but could China have known about the coup? Beijing has long been a close ally, and Zimbabwe's top brass recently paid a visit to leaders in Beijing.
The EU is seeking a greater say in foreign takeovers of "critical" infrastructure and companies, with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker demanding a screening procedure of investments, notably from China.
The German government has ratcheted up the pressure on the European Union to tighten the rules on foreign corporate takeovers. Berlin fears Chinese transactions are giving Beijing too much access to key technologies.
Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba already ranks alongside Amazon and Walmart as one of the world's largest retailers. Its latest announcement of a major logistics investment and takeover shows the scale of its ambitions.
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