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6th Dec 2022

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UK to security-screen Chinese academics

British diplomats are to carry out security vetting of Chinese academics who wanted to do research in the UK in "sensitive" subjects, such as artificial intelligence, chemistry, physics, maths, computer science, and engineering, The Times reports. The foreign office warned British universities of the move amid fears of intellectual property theft and "national security" concerns. The warning comes after security concerns aired by EU institutions over Chinese students last year.

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EU countries struggle to crack Hungary's vetos

Hungary will be in the spotlight on Tuesday as EU governments struggle over suspending EU funds to prime minister Viktor Orbán's government — despite rule of law concerns — and unlock key EU policies which Budapest has been blocking.

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While the European Union openly criticises China for abusing its the mostly Muslim Uyghur population, the EU turns a blind eye to the way India treats its own Muslim minority — because it wants India as a strategic ally.

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Serbia now has no choice but to join EU sanctions on Russia

Vladimir Putin himself is somewhat suspicious of Serbia's leader, as are most who deal with the opaque Aleksandar Vucic. The Russian president has preferred to keep his Serbian counterpart compliant, via a tight rein of annually-reviewed gas pricing.

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