Netherlands and Czech Republic push back against Chinese ambitions

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Two European nations — one in Western Europe and one other in Central Europe — have pushed back against Chinese plans bringing to focus rising skepticism about Beijing and its ambitions.

The University of Groningen in Netherlands has determined to not renew a controversial contract with the Chinese Confucius Institute to part-fund a Chinese language and tradition instructing submit, in accordance with a report printed in DutchNews.nl.

“The alarm was raised after NOS broadcaster published details from a contract apparently between the University of Groningen (RUG) and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) about a ‘chair’ position for Chinese language and culture teaching. Reports in February had said the academic in the post would be contractually bound not to ‘damage the image of China’. According to the parliamentary briefing from caretaker education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, the contract did indeed mean that the Chinese organisation could terminate the agreement and stop funding if it judged that there were ‘serious violations of Chinese laws’ and ‘serious damage to China’s image’. The academic had a contract with the RUG but half of the salary would be paid by Hanban for five years. However, it has emerged that this contract began in 2016 and was due for renewal this year, but the university has told the government that this will not happen,” in accordance with the report in Dutchnews.

The Czech authorities postponed a young to construct a $7 billion nuclear reactor till after October elections and mentioned it gained’t invite Chinese corporations to take part in a safety evaluation of potential bidders, in accordance with a report in The Bloomberg.

“Before the start of the tender, we decided to add another phase of a detailed security assessment of all participants,” Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek mentioned in an announcement on Thursday. “The final decision will be on the next government that will, thanks to this step, have maximum information.”

“CEZ will ask Electricite de France SA, Russia’s Rosatom Corp, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corp. and Westinghouse Corp. to provide information including ownership structures, possible bidding groups and cybersecurity standards by the end of November,” in accordance with the Bloomberg report.

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