1. According to a Reuters report, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit eight Pacific Island countries where China has diplomatic relations from May 26 to June 4.
2. The State Department said Tuesday that Secretary of State Antony John Blinken would deliver a much-anticipated speech on China policy Thursday, a day after Biden pledged to defend Taiwan.
3. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition, recently said in a joint interview with several European economic media that a large part of European industry is based on “very cheap energy from Russia, very cheap labor from China and highly subsidized semiconductors from Taiwan”. She pointed out that Europe is not naive to the existence of these risks but greedy.
4. Australia’s economy minister called today for China to drop punitive tariffs if it wants to improve its bilateral relationship with Australia.
5. German scholar Adrian Zenz has published numerous photographs and official documents exposing the violent methods used by the Chinese Communist Party against Uighurs in mass detention facilities.
6. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was invited to deliver the keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on May 24, saying that freedom is more important than free trade. Protecting our values is more important than profits.
7. As soon as Biden left the Far East, Kim Jong-un ordered the launch of three ballistic missiles.
8. Six years after its entry into China, the world’s largest bed-and-breakfast platform Airbnb has decided to cease its local inbound operations at the end of July and offer only China outbound travel services. U.S. media noted that this is the last U.S. Internet giant to exit the Chinese market, describing it as a sign of China’s further decoupling from much of its Internet.
9. As the 33rd anniversary of the June 4 Incident in Tiananmen Square approaches, there is growing concern that Western technology companies cooperate with Beijing to censor taboo issues, criticizing companies such as Microsoft and Apple for abandoning the principles of democracy and freedom in the face of Chinese business interests.
Translated/Edited by: Lish
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