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# China

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# Global Economy
Latest World Bank report offers dim outlook for global economy in 2023
The bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report, which it issued today, marks an upgrade from its previous forecast in January.
# China
'Unsafe' action by China near American ship in Taiwan Strait, says US military
China says others are “intentionally creating trouble” in the Taiwan Strait.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Tiangong
China becomes third country to put civilians into space
China is the third country to put humans in orbit.
Last month
May 2023
# Ukraine
Russia strikes Ukraine medical facility, killing at least two people
A video distributed by officials showed a blaze ripping through a two-storey building in Dnipro.
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy arrives at G7 after winning access to US fighter jets
The Ukrainian President had previously been expected to only appear at the summit via video call.
# Ukraine
Irish embassy in Beijing to keep displays of support for Ukraine, despite Chinese govt orders
A note was circulated that asked embassies to “respect Chinese laws and regulations”.
# China
Embassies in Beijing told to stop displaying ‘propaganda’ on their buildings
Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s government says it is neutral in Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
# China
Liz Truss calls for 'economic Nato' to counter China's influence
China warned that Truss should stop defending Taiwanese independence or else she would ‘further expose herself as a failed politician’.
# Spying
China jails US citizen (78) for life on espionage charges
Such heavy sentences are relatively rare for foreign citizens in China.
# tech layoffs
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn to cut over 700 jobs and close China app
LinkedIn was one of the few US technology companies to successfully operate a social media site in China, where the internet is heavily regulated.
# irish chinese relations
How relationships with China are shifting due to Ukraine and an overturning of local norms
Tánaiste Micheál Martin delivered a landmark speech on Irish-Chinese relations earlier this week.
# china-ireland relations
Martin calls on China to use its 'considerable influence to end Russia’s war' with Ukraine
In a speech today Tánaiste said Ireland must be “clear-eyed” about China’s strategic goals.
# Ireland China relations
Tánaiste to signal shift in China policy, will say Ireland will not be 'naïve or silent'
Micheál Martin, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, is due to speak at the Royal Irish Academy’s Annual International Affairs Conference.
Micheál Martin is due to make substantive remarks on China this afternoon.
He will warn the private sector and academia to be aware of any risks that involvement with China may expose them to.
'Walking a fine line': Ireland, China and the UN Security Council
FactFind: How deep is Ireland's trade and investment relationship with China?
April 2023
# most populous country
India expected to pass China as world's most populous nation this week
Surpassing China shines a spotlight on the challenge facing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
# China
29 killed in fire at Beijing hospital while director detained for questioning
Many family members have lost contact with patients, with the missing being mostly older people with mobility problems.
# G7
China and Ukraine to dominate discussion as G7 foreign ministers meet in Japan
Diplomats from the world’s seven largest economies are gathering in Japan.
# Bird Flu
China records first human death from H3N8 bird flu, WHO says
The woman who died was a 56-year-old from Guangdong province in southeast China.
# War games
US and Philippines begin largest joint military exercises after China drills around Taiwan
Nearly 18,000 troops are taking part in the annual exercises, which will include a live-fire drill in the South China Sea.
# Taiwan
China warns peace and independence in Taiwan are 'mutually exclusive'
China launched the exercises in response to a meeting between the Taiwanese president and US Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.
# Taiwan Strait
China simulates strikes 'against key targets' in Taiwan during second day of drills
Taiwan’s defence ministry said it had detected nine Chinese warships and 58 aircraft around the island today.
# Coronavirus
China defends search for source of Covid-19 after 'offensive' WHO criticism
The director of the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said research is “always shared”.
# tensions
China launches three days of military drills around Taiwan after US Speaker meeting
Taiwan’s defence ministry said eight Chinese warships and 42 fighter jets have been detected around the island.
# War in Ukraine
'I can count on you to bring Russia to its senses', Macron tells Xi Jinping in China
Western pressure is mounting on China to take a more active role in the peace process in Ukraine.
# Taiwan
US House speaker meets Taiwan president despite China's warning that he is 'playing with fire'
Beijing claims Taiwan as its own territory and balks at any official contact Taipei has with other countries.
March 2023
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy warns that losing Bakhmut would pressure Ukraine into taking Russian deal
Zelenskyy warned that a loss anywhere at this stage in the war could put Ukraine’s hard-fought momentum at risk.
# water on the moon
Scientists discover new source of water in moon samples from China mission
Water was embedded in tiny glass beads in the lunar dirt.
'I'm absolutely focused': Eamon Ryan intends to lead Greens into next General Election
A report by
Tadgh McNally
In an interview with The Journal, Ryan said that he wanted to deliver “profound change”.
# Russian visit
Putin and Xi hail 'new era' of ties in united front against West on second day of visit
The Chinese president invited his Russian counterpart to visit China this year.
# Russian visit
Putin tells Xi Jinping Russia is ready to discuss China's plan to end Ukraine war during talks
The Chinese president’s three-day trip serves as a show of support for Putin after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.
# China
Eamon Ryan raises human rights concerns with Chinese counterpart, but says cooperation is essential
Ryan was speaking to TheJournal in Beijing today.
# War in Ukraine
Rumoured talks between Zelenskyy and Xi may be sign of 'wider support' for Ukraine, Ryan says
Chinese President Xi Jinping is also due to travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin
# Social Media
Taoiseach says Govt seeking expert advice on TikTok after UK bans app on work devices
Fine Gael’s Colm Markey has written to the Taoiseach and the Ceann Comhairle urging them to ban TikTok from government-issued phones.
# off abroad
Banshees in Beijing: Embassy due to host screening as Eamon Ryan arrives in Chinese capital
The Environment Minister has spent recent days in both Shanghai and Hong Kong.
# deleted tweet
Busy in China, Eamon Ryan says he can't comment on internal Green Party row
Earlier this week, Thomas Molloy sent a tweet which labelled Neasa Hourigan as not being a sensible person.
China to reopen borders to tourists after declaring a 'decisive victory' over Covid-19
Authorities will resume issuing all types of visas after a three-year halt during the pandemic.
Opinion: If global leaders can't agree on the origin of Covid then what hope for future crises?
As global superpowers continue their war of words over the origin of Covid, Seána Glennon says the lack of cooperation doesn’t bode well for the future.
# unopposed
Chinese President Xi Jinping awarded historic third term after ceremonial vote of 2,952 to 0
The vote was by the ceremonial National People’s Congress, with members appointed by the ruling party.
# Climate Change
Over 100 nations, including Ireland, back Vanuatu plan to tackle climate change
Vanuatu, a nation made up of around 80 islands, has spearheaded a drive to define what legal responsibility countries have for the impact of climate change.
# India
Ukraine war set to dominate G20 meeting of top diplomats
India appealed for all members of the fractured Group of 20 to reach consensus on issues of deep concern to poorer countries.
# Xi Jinping
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko 'fully supports' China's 'Peace Plan' for Ukraine
China recently published a position paper on Moscow’s war in Ukraine insisting it is a neutral party and calling for dialogue.