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Daily news – February 4, 2022 p.m.

AFGHANISTAN What the US and its allies left behind in Afghanistan. Amin Saikal, The Strategist: The Afghanistan war is over for the United States and its allies. But the suffering of the Afghan people has multiplied under the extremist, repressive rule of the Taliban in the name of Islam. No country today is in as […]

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Afghanistan/China. Angela Stanzel: “China’s interest in Afghanistan is to protect its border” (MERICS)

China has been quick to signal its acceptance of renewed Taliban rule over Afghanistan, stating that it respects the quote, “the will and decision of the people of Afghanistan” on August 16 – one day after the Taliban leadership announced their victory in the presidential palace in Kabul. Angela Stanzel: “China’s interest in Afghanistan is […]

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EUROPE/CHINA – European carmakers fuel Chinese innovation (Gregor Sebastian, MERICS)

European carmakers are shifting their R&D operations to China, making them willing partners in China’s efforts to become a manufacturing superpower and absorb the global automotive industry’s value chain, explains Gregor Sebastian. https://merics.org/en/opinion/european-carmakers-fuel-chinese-innovation

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CHINA – China in 2021: agenda setting, anniversaries, and potential for conflict (MERICS)

Where does China stand at the end of 2020? China has emerged from the Covid-19 crisis stronger and more assertive. While countries worldwide are sliding into recession, the People’s Republic has bounced back to moderate economic growth. In November, exports increased by a record-breaking 21 percent year-on-year. This shows that global demand for products ‘Made […]