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Dossier China

China neemt nadrukkelijk zijn plaats op het wereldtoneel in. Naar verwachting streeft het de Verenigde Staten binnenkort voorbij als de grootste economie. Op allerlei manieren is China bezig kennis en hoogwaardige technologie in handen te krijgen; het wil in 2025 een onafhankelijke technologische grootmacht zijn. Wat betekent dit voor Nederland, dat al innig met China is verbonden?

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2021

Chinese Xiaomi phones spy on their users, yet the Netherlands is silent

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Mira Sys & Sebastiaan Brommersma

Mira Sys & Sebastiaan Brommersma

Phones from the Chinese brand Xiaomi offer excellent specifications at a reasonable price. The downside: the devices send private data on a large scale to servers in China, which the Chinese government can read. Lithuania calls for the devices to be scrapped; the Netherlands keeps silent.

Dutch company sells China DNA kits for ethnic cleansing

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Siem Eikelenboom & Dorine Booij

Siem Eikelenboom & Dorine Booij

For years now, researchers of the Chinese police have been using products of Qiagen, a biotech company based in the Netherlands, in controversial studies involving the DNA of Uyghurs and Tibetans. This became apparent from an investigation by Follow the Money. Qiagen denies any knowledge of misuse, but did apply for a certificate so that the Chinese police could use their products.

Controversial studies of Erasmus MC researcher into Uyghur DNA retracted

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Siem Eikelenboom & Annebelle de Bruijn

Siem Eikelenboom & Annebelle de Bruijn

An investigation by Follow the Money has revealed that two scientific journals have retracted publications by a Chinese researcher at the Erasmus Medical Centre. He could not sufficiently demonstrate that Uyghurs, a persecuted minority in China, had consented to their DNA being collected. ‘Retraction of a scientific article on ethical grounds is extremely rare.’

Half of the Netherlands’ biggest pension funds invest in Chinese repression

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Casper Rouffaer, Siem Eikelenboom & Tom Claessens

Casper Rouffaer, Siem Eikelenboom & Tom Claessens

China’s burgeoning economy has long made it popular with foreign investors, including pension funds. At the end of 2020 two funds, ABP and Pensioenfonds Zorg & Welzijn, had over €31 billion invested in China. But reports of serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang province have posed a dilemma: should the funds focus on their profits, or their reputations? FTM investigated what the Netherlands’ 24 biggest funds are doing in China.

Good relationship with China more important to the University of Groningen than academic freedom

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Anne de Vries & Mira Sys

Anne de Vries & Mira Sys

Although they knew they were propaganda vessels for the Chinese Communist Party, three Dutch knowledge institutions deliberately acquired a Confucius Institute. A reconstruction made by FTM shows how these institutions risk their academic freedom, hoping to establish a better trade relationship with China.

China is left with few friends in the European Parliament

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Peter Teffer

Peter Teffer

The President of the European Parliament has ordered an investigation into whether members of an informal Chinese ‘friendship group’ violated integrity rules. But was that group, despite all its efforts, of any use to China at all?

China moves to centre stage

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Siem Eikelenboom

Siem Eikelenboom

China is on a roll: it’s only a matter of time before it overtakes the United States and becomes the world’s biggest economy. Chinese companies are spreading their wings and are increasingly active in Europe. The country is going all out to get its hands on valuable technology, and plans to be an independent technological superpower by 2025.