Europe sees China through a Russian lens, and Beijing is not happy

CNN: "Differences still exist between countries on how to treat China, observers say. Some NATO members want to ensure the focus remains squarely on Russia, while the United States -- by far the block's most powerful member -- has pegged China as the "most serious long-term challenge to the international order."’
Australians Divided on Military Support If China Invades Taiwan
Bloomberg: "While largely unproven, the new Chinese technologies, detailed in procurement and other documents reviewed by The New York Times, further extend the boundaries of social and political controls and integrate them ever deeper into people’s lives. At their most basic, they justify suffocating surveillance and violate privacy, while in the extreme they risk automating systemic discrimination and political repression."
‘An Invisible Cage’: How China Is Policing the Future
"While largely unproven, the new Chinese technologies, detailed in procurement and other documents reviewed by The New York Times, further extend the boundaries of social and political controls and integrate them ever deeper into people’s lives. At their most basic, they justify suffocating surveillance and violate privacy, while in the extreme they risk automating systemic discrimination and political repression."
Western sanctions are ‘weaponizing’ world economy, China’s Xi Jinping says ahead of BRICS summit
CNN: “Xi, who spoke at a business forum ahead of the virtual summit Thursday with leaders from the BRICS economic bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, portrayed the world as being at a critical juncture as it struggled to recover from the pandemic amid what he termed new "security challenges."’
Russia Overtakes Saudi Arabia as China’s Top Oil Supplier
Bloomberg: "The volume of gas excludes imports from pipelines, which haven’t been reported by customs since the start of the year, but are the main mode of transporting the fuel from Russia to China."
China launches third, most advanced aircraft carrier named ‘Fujian’
CNN: "China names its aircraft carriers after its coastal provinces, with Liaoning in the northeast and Shandong in the east. Fujian, in the southeast, is the closest province to Taiwan, separated by a strait that is fewer than 80 miles (128 kilometers) wide at its narrowest point."
China will support Russia on security, Xi tells Putin in birthday call
CNN: "China is "willing to continue to play its role" in promoting a "proper solution" to Ukraine, he said."
China and Russia are building bridges. The symbolism is intentional
CNN: "The Chinese freighters carried electronics and tires, the Russian ones soybean oil and sawn timber, according to Moscow. And if any viewers were in doubt about the symbolism -- coming as the war in Ukraine has left Moscow desperate to show it still has friends and trade partners -- a Russian deputy prime minister filled in the blanks."
Taiwan Strait is an international waterway, Taipei says, in rebuff to China
Reuters: '"It is a false claim when certain countries call the Taiwan Strait 'international waters' in order to find a pretext for manipulating issues related to Taiwan and threatening China's sovereignty and security," said Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry."
China blasts US ‘bully’, says it will ‘fight to the end’ for Taiwan
CNN: '"Taiwan is first and foremost China's Taiwan," Wei told the Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia's premier defense conference, adding that China would "not hesitate" to crush any attempt by the self-governed island to "secede."'