EU invests billions in developing countries - seen as a challenger to China

The EU is investing billions in infrastructure investments in developing countries. The initiative is seen by many as a challenger to China's project "New Silk Road" - also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Pictured: one of the terminals of a high-profile BRI-funded railway project in Laos, which was inaugurated two days after the launch of the EU initiative. Photo: Pakopakopapa. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Markus Hietanen

The EU promises multi-billion sums in infrastructure investments to developing countries under the heading "The Global Gateway". Many see the initiative as a direct challenger to China's similar giant project "The New Silk Road", while others question the EU's ability to compete with China.

May 6, 2022, Analysis

China welcomes UN visit following allegations of human rights abuses

In May, UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet will visit China, due to the country's treatment of the Uighur ethnic group.

Of: Samira Issa

After five years of waiting, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has been approved to visit Xinjiang in China. The UN wants to visit the region due to reports that up to one million Uighurs are being held in detention camps there.

April 22, 2022, News

Week 5: The Winter Olympics spark debate on human rights and China's pandemic

When China hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, protests were raised against the country's handling of human rights. The fact that the country is now organizing the Winter Olympics has also created reactions. Photo: Kris Krüg. Source: Flickr.

Of: Melanie Alphonse

Last week, the Winter Olympics in China kicked off, something that has sparked debate about the country's handling of human rights. Russia's continued influence on Swedish and European security policy has also been discussed on Swedish debate and leadership pages during the past week.

February 7, 2022, Current debate

Several countries are boycotting the Winter Olympics in Beijing

Protests against the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, with particular pressure on China's role in the Darfur conflict, in Myanmar and the country's treatment of Tibetans. The fact that the Winter Olympics will be held in China in February 2022 has also provoked reactions. Photo: Peter M. Source: Flickr.

Of: Julia Carlzon

On February 4, many of the world's top athletes will gather when the Winter Olympics kick off. However, the fact that the sporting event will be held in the Chinese capital Beijing has been met with a number of diplomatic boycotts from Western countries, due to the human rights violations taking place in the country.

February 3, 2022, News

China is everywhere

Karl-Anders Larsson, now retired and independent writer who is active in FUF's book club, presents the book "The Hidden Hand" - about China's economic strategies.

Of: Karl-Anders Larsson

All people today are affected by China's development. To understand the big issues today and in the future, it is necessary to study the Chinese system. This applies to economic and political issues and perhaps most of all climate and environment. China is always the biggest.

January 5, 2022, Review

Aukus - the agreement that can change the global security situation

According to the UK, the security pact Aukus will contribute to increased security for the country and create hundreds of new jobs. Photo: 12019/10259 images. Source: Pixabay.

Of: Myra Pernvall

In September this year, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States went public with the countries forming a new security pact called Aukus. The vision of the agreement is to establish peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. At the same time, most countries have clearly expressed their disapproval and it can be questioned whether Aukus is really stabilizing the global security situation - or whether the pact will lead to the opposite.

December 17, 2021, FUF-correspondents, Reconnaissance

Chinese foreign aid: Implications and consequences for global development

Date and time: 15 Dec, 19:00 - 20:00

China has in the 21st century become a global political and economic superpower. Hence, it has gone from being a developing country to being one of the most active countries in the world in foreign aid and construction projects abroad. What implications does it have for the contemporary development paradigm? What role will China have […]

December 10, 2021, English, Calendar, Local group, Seminars, Educational activity

Week 24: Debate on flight and migration on International Refugee Day

Of: The Chancellery

New figures from the UNHCR show that more than 80 million people are currently on the run and that the number has more than doubled in the last ten years. This week, the debate has revolved around several aspects of flight and migration and several debaters believe that the rich countries in the world must take joint responsibility for the situation. Democracy and climate linked to the Chinese regime have also been debated and Swedish companies should stop assisting dictatorships in oppressing LGBTQI people.

June 21, 2021, Current debate

Week 22: The climate issue, Israeli and Chinese policies in this week's debate

Of: The Chancellery

This week, the climate issue has been debated from a child rights perspective, among other things, and it has also been contrasted with the health issue. It has also continued to discuss Israel's policy and the Jewish Youth League has drawn attention to anti-Semitism in Sweden. China's policies have also been highlighted, partly due to China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang province.

June 8, 2021, Current debate

Week 17: New wave of covid-19 in India, Swedish geopolitics and authoritarian regimes

Photo: Firos nv, Unsplash

Of: Erica Frank and Sofia Karlsson

This week, the debate has mainly focused on global health, focusing on India's new wave of covid-19, so-called vaccine nationalism, and how the Indian government has handled the crisis. It has also been written about Erdogan's influence on Swedish history writing and about Swedish handling of authoritarian regimes.

May 4, 2021, Current debate