Taiwan to open Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania
It will be the first office of its kind to open in Europe to use the name “Taiwanese” instead of “Taipei”. PRC opposes the establishment of such offices.
France revises its Indo-Pacific Strategy
Shortly before the revision’s release, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the US calling for increasing transatlantic coordination on Indo-Pacific policies.
Wang Yi sends a mixed message during a forum on connectivity in Central and South Asia
High Representative Josep Borrell and Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed Iran, the situation in Afghanistan and possibilities for EU-China connectivity cooperation. Yet, in a separate statement with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, Wang called to “resist the Indo-Pacific strategy which is full of Cold War thinking.”
EU and Taiwan hold fourth Human Rights Consultations
Both sides talked about their initiatives against human rights abuses and the EEAS statement remarked on their commonality of values and like-mindedness.
Volkswagen plans to share data with Chinese authorities amid data security crackdown
The announcement on July 16 comes as part of new data protection regulations which have already hit China’s ride hailing service Didi Chuxing. Operations of other European companies will also be impacted.