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Behind China’s Intervention in Vermont’s Electronic Waste Recycling Bill

An earlier article detailed the PRC’s attempt to intervene in a Maryland legislative proposal introduced in October 2007 to ban lead in children’s toys through the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) commenting mechanism. B..

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China’s Espionage Plans for the 2022 Winter Olympics: What Athletes Should Expect

As the world prepares for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the athletes will have to contend with more than just competing in their chosen sport. The Chinese government will implement extensive surveillance efforts to ensure the safety of all involved..

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Is China Putting ‘Wolf Warriors’ on a Leash?

On December 20, 2021, former Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai delivered a biting keynote address to a symposium co-hosted by the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing. In front of assembled dignitaries including Wang Yi, China..

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Olympic torch relay to last just 3 days

China is limiting the torch relay for the Winter Olympic Games to just three days amid coronavirus worries, organisers said Friday.The flame will be displayed only in enclosed venues that are deemed “safe and controllable,” according to officials spe..

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Mainland sees further drop in local Covid infections

China reported on Friday the lowest daily tally of local confirmed Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to quickly curb flare-ups forced worst-hit cities to lock down affected communities and cut business activity.China repo..

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Observer Now, Beneficiary Later: China and the Unrest in Kazakhstan

After a tumultuous week across Kazakhstan in early January, the situation has stabilized. Kazakhstani security forces, with the help of troops from Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) allies, put an end to both the peaceful protests and th..

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Beijing ramps up Covid measures as 3 cases confirmed

Beijing has ramped up efforts to curb Covid-19 infections, ordering checks among cold-chain firms and urging residents to cut unnecessary gatherings, as the capital reported an uptick in local infections just over two weeks before the start of the Wi..

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Did Honduras’ New President Change Her Mind About Dropping Taiwan?

The incoming Castro administration in Honduras invited Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to visit for the presidential inauguration earlier this month. This seems to be an about-face for the Castro administration, which had suggested during campaignin..

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How China Intervened in a Maryland Effort to Ban Lead From Children’s Products

Many scholars have pointed to 2008 as a turning point in China’s diplomacy. Journalist and author of the new book on Chinese diplomacy titled “China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy” Peter Martin wrote in a recent Foreign Affairs..

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What’s Behind China’s New National Standardization Outline Document?

China’s “Standards 2035” project gained headlines in April 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. October 2021 saw the release of the National Standardization Development (NSD) outline document as the first official document detailing China’s a..

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Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics

Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended Thursday as China tried to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Omicron variant, which poses a test to its “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy and its ability to successfully host the..

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Badiucao Explains How China Exports Its Propaganda and Censorship to the West

On New Year’s Eve Badiucao, a famous Chinese dissident artist, was landing in Melbourne on his way back from Italy, where the Chinese government had severely pressuerd his exhibition in Brescia. Currently, the so-called Chinese Banksy, is in self-exi..

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