Day: April 8, 2021

Asia

ASIA: Weekly politics update

Below is the weekly update of political developments across East Asia. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any of the countries mentioned in more detail.

US/CHINA: Washington imposes new export controls on Chinese supercomputing companies

The US Commerce Department imposed new export controls on seven Chinese supercomputing companies in an effort to ensure that US technology is not used to support China’s military modernization.… Read the rest

Netherlands

NETHERLANDS: No alternative to Rutte’s course

Caretaker PM Mark Rutte is under pressure after surviving a no-confidence in parliament last week. A motion of censure was passed, accusing Rutte of misleading parliament over his attempts to sideline an MP – the same MP who had uncovered the benefits scandal that triggered the government’s (technical) resignation in January.… Read the rest

Politics

CHINA: Calls for Beijing Olympics boycott will put companies in a bind

  • Washington will be reluctant to launch a boycott unless other rich democracies can be counted on to follow suit; this possibility still appears unlikely but cannot be ruled out.
  • Even if a boycott never materializes, foreign companies involved with the games face serious reputational risks, alongside the ethical risks facing companies operating in Xinjiang.
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Europe

EUROPE: Managing the pandemic – what we are watching

This updated weekly piece provides snapshots of how selected European governments are dealing with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any of the countries mentioned in more detail.

Graph of the week

EUROPE: Managing the pandemic – what we are watching 6

France

– The seven-day average of cases is currently at around 39,000, and the number of ICU patients stands at 5,626, which is higher than during the second wave’s peak.… Read the rest