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China signed RCEP agreement on Nov. 15 to join the largest trading bloc in the world
China Joins RCEP, But Will Beijing Honor Commitments?
China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) on Nov. 15, joining 14 other countries in a free trade zone that will cut tariff and non-tariff barriers. Member countries signed the agreement via video...
Dozens in Central Chinese City Hospitalized for SARS-like Pneumonia
Twenty-seven cases of a “lung inflammation caused by a virus of unknown origin” have been registered in the city of Wuhan, central China, according to local authorities. Online media outlets and comments were quick to...
North Koreans Angered by Kim Jong-un’s Excursion to Sacred Site, Say Defectors
Kim Jong-un’s recent PR stunt may have backfired on him, North Korean defectors told media.   On Dec. 4, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun reported that the country’s hereditary dictator, his wife Ri Sol-ju, and several military...
After Breaking Ties With Beijing, Prague Plans Sister City Agreement With Taipei
After the cancellation of a sister city pact with Beijing, Prague will sign an agreement with Taiwan's capital Taipei concerning economic, business, and cultural cooperation Prague has drafted a document that would have it enter...
Germany Will Not Specifically Exclude Huawei
The German government will not introduce explicit regulations to exclude Huawei, the Chinese state-and-military-linked telecommunications company, from building Germany's 5G cellular network infrastructure, according to draft documents and spokespersons.  On October 15, the German Bundesnetzagentur,...
Prague, Czech Republic, Ends ‘Sister City’ Relationship With Beijing
The capital of the Czech Republic is cancelling its sister city agreement with Beijing after disagreements about Prague’s relationship with Taiwan remained an impasse.  On Oct. 4, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib announced that the relationship...
German Legislators Back Falun Gong’s Resistance Against Persecution in China
Three members of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, have expressed condemnation of Beijing’s 20-year-long campaign against Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual practice.  Michael Brand, Spokesperson for the Human Rights Committee of the center-right Christian Democratic Union...
Trump Announces New Tariffs, Covering Almost All Chinese Exports
On Aug. 1, the day after U.S. and Chinese trade officials met in Shanghai to restart talks, U.S. President Donald Trump said via Twitter that his administration would impose new tariffs on US$300 billion worth...
Japan’s Revised Immigration Law Aims to Attract Foreign Labor
Employers and government agencies around Japan are making adjustments following the promulgation of legal revisions to the country’s immigration policy. On April 1, the Basic Plan for Immigration Control was updated to address longstanding issues...