Beijing’s influence in Hong Kong continues to grow. In addition to infrastructure projects like a high-speed rail connection to the mainland and the world’s longest bridge, there’s also a negative consequence – social freedoms are being curtailed.
Sweden's ambassador Anna Lindstedt was brought back from Beijing for her "incorrect" handling of unauthorized meetings over a Hong Kong bookseller. Publisher Gui Minhai had been in trouble with authorities in China.
The controversial law prescribes jail time and fines for those who disrespect the Chinese national anthem. It has sparked concerns about the growing curbs on freedom of expression in the semi-autonomous city.
The United States and Russia are odds over the power struggle unfolding in Venezuela. As the two traditional rivals vie for influence, China has been quietly growing its footprint in the region, says Alexander Busch.
Joseph Wu, the foreign minister of Taiwan, told DW that Taiwan could provide a model of democracy for China. However, China would need to accept that Taiwan is an "independent political entity" for relations to improve.
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