Earlier this week, I was asked to speak on this subject at TechUK’s Public Sector 2030 event. I don’t claim any special ability to see the future, and I think predicting specific technological advances is probably a fool’s errand – but I was happy to offer my best guess for the broader themes. Here’s whatRead more
Tommy Sears, theepochtimes.com
Image from article, with caption: This photo taken on July 1, 2018 shows Chinese paramilitary personnel training in Chenzhou in China's central Hunan province. (-/AFP/Getty Images)
The United States must strengthen its military presence in Asia and encourage allies to join it in confronting China economically and militarily as it grows as a competitor and threat to its neighbors and U.S. security interests. This was the message from U.S. senators and China experts appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 13. …
Dr. Oriana Mastro, assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University, emphasized that China, while building strength militarily, had actually devoted more effort and resources to political and economic tools. She advised “a program of institution building that will shape norms in [the United States’] favor and fill the gaps…that China has been able to exploit.”
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Andreas Bøje Forsby, The Asia Dialogue, December 18, 2018When in June 2012 China’s President Hu Jintao made a first-ever official Chinese state visit to Denmark, Chinese diplomats put strong pressure on the Danish government ahead of the planned visit. Their main concern? That Hu would be confronted with any activists or manifestations critical of China. The message was somehow transmitted all the way to the patrolling Danish police forces, who systematically prevented peaceful pro-Tibet demonstrators from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech when Hu’s motorcade toured the streets of Copenhagen.Last year, an official investigatory commission – the Tibet Commission – stated in a reportthat the activities by the Danish police amounted to a constitutional breach, which was largely orchestrated by commanding police officers. However, citing the emergence of ‘new evidence’, the Tibet Commission has recently been task..
[JB note “public diplomacy” — as a term — is cited below: “About the Consulate General of Finland in New York The Consulate General of Finland in New York promotes Finland’s commercial interests, works on improving the operational conditions for the Finnish cultural agents and strengthens Finland’s national brand through the means of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] .
Design Diplomacy, a concept created by Helsinki Design Week, opens doors to the prestigious consular residences in a series of exclusive talks. Each Nordic Consul General from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden will host a talk with designers discussing life and work from questions structured around a deck of cards. Design Diplomacy in New York is presented in collaboration with WantedDesign. In addition to the conversation, you will learn details about the unique residences and enjoy refreshments.Presented in collaboration with WantedDesign. The events are free, but registration is required.
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Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
Part of UK in Austria
5th August 2020 Vienna, Austria
COVID-19 vaccine developed in Austria – produced in Scotland “When we started to develop our vaccine candidate we needed to push; now there is a massive pull from governments around the world,” says Thomas Lingelbach, CEO of Vienna-based pharmaceutical company Valneva, during my visit to his HQ at the Vienna Bio Center.
Work is intense at Valneva when we visit. The Austro-French vaccine company has been selected by the UK Government to deliver up to 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department for International Trade (DIT) team here at the embassy supported Valneva from an early stage of the process. The vaccine will be manufactured at Valneva’s site in Livingstone, Scotland.
While Valneva’s staff in Vienna are working around the clock to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, ..