Germany plans a sharp increase in funding for China research
German Education Minister Anja Karliczek announced plans to boost funding for the development of “independent China competence” and earmarked EUR 24 million for related programs between 2017 and 2024.
University of Oslo faces controversy over Fudan University connection
The university has been criticized for its agreement to host the European Center of Fudan University, initially based at the University of Copenhagen. Critical voices were raised in the wake of a controversy about a Fudan campus in Hungary.
China abruptly stops imports of Spanish pork without clear explanation
China is the destination of 48 percent of all Spanish pork exports. The decision is likely linked to market volatility linked to Chinese outbreaks of African Swine Fever.
Belgian Parliament passes a resolution on Xinjiang
On July 8, the Belgian Parliament unanimously passed a resolution denouncing crimes against humanity and warning of the “serious risk of genocide” against the Uyghurs.
Montenegro restructures its China debt for Bar-Boljare highway
The Montenegrin government reached an agreement with two US banks and one from France. While China Exim Bank remains the creditor, Montenegro managed to secure a cut in the interest it has to pay from 2% to 0.88%.