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  • China’s car exports are taking off, many of them are electric vehicles and most are going to Europe. From almost nothing a few years ago, China exported half a million electric vehicles in 2021, and its market share in Europe was second only to Germany’s. As the car market goes electric, Europe could quickly find itself running a trade deficit with China in automobiles.   (Financial Times)
  • “The very fact that the Ukrainian regime is being supplied with German-made lethal weapons, which are used not only against Russian military service members, but also the civilian population of Donbass, crosses the red line,” Ambassador Sergey Nechaev said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper.
    He added that Berlin should have known better, “considering the moral and historic responsibility that Germany has before our people for the Nazi crimes.”
    “They have crossed the Rubicon,” Nechaev stated, using an idiom for passing the point of no return.   (RT)

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  1. shinichi Post author

    Electric vehicles accelerate China’s looming dominance as a car exporter

    by Robin Harding

    Financial Times

    https://www.ft.com/content/c252cca0-07a6-4dc7-be25-09ac5bb658ce

    The opening of Tesla’s Shanghai factory in 2019 was a breakthrough for electric vehicles and for overseas carmakers: it was the first wholly foreign-owned plant in the world’s largest car market. But it also marked the start of an even bigger trend, which promises to upend the structure of global manufacturing, bring a new wave of deindustrialisation to Europe and trigger trade tensions of an intensity to match the 1980s. That trend is the emergence of China as a car exporter.

    As Mr Gregor Sebastian and Mr Francois Chimits of the Mercator Institute for China Studies documented recently, China’s car exports are taking off, many of them are electric vehicles and most are going to Europe. From almost nothing a few years ago, China exported half a million electric vehicles in 2021, and its market share in Europe was second only to Germany’s. As the car market goes electric, Europe could quickly find itself running a trade deficit with China in automobiles.

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  2. shinichi Post author

    急増する欧州のEV需要と中国の自動車輸出

    ロシアのガスに依存してきたドイツが、今度は「中国の電気自動車」に依存しそうな理由

    https://courrier.jp/news/archives/299893/

    欧州で急増する中国産電気自動車

    ロシアの安い天然ガスに依存してきたドイツは、高級車や多様な工業製品を中国に販売することで好調な経済を維持してきた。ところがいま、ロシアとの関係悪化が招いたエネルギー危機や、現地メーカーの部品不足といった状況が相まって、国産車の販売台数が減少し、反対に中国産自動車の輸入が増えているという。

    英紙「フィナンシャル・タイムズ」によると、中国産自動車の輸出台数は急増しており、その多くが欧州で販売される電気自動車(EV)だ。

    2021年、中国の自動車輸出台数は前年比で倍増し、55万台となった。中国から欧州に輸出されるEVの半数はテスラモーターズの上海工場で製造されたものだが、BMWやポールスター、ダチアなど欧州メーカーのEVも多い。

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  3. shinichi Post author

    Germany has ‘crossed red line’ – Russia

    There will be no turning back after Berlin supplied arms to kill Russians, Moscow’s envoy says

    RT

    https://www.rt.com/news/562615-germany-red-line-ukraine/

    Germany has crossed a red line with Russia by sending arms to Ukraine, Moscow’s ambassador in Berlin said on Monday. The decision undermined decades of reconciliation since the end of World War II and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the diplomat added.

    “The very fact that the Ukrainian regime is being supplied with German-made lethal weapons, which are used not only against Russian military service members, but also the civilian population of Donbass, crosses the red line,” Ambassador Sergey Nechaev said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper.

    He added that Berlin should have known better, “considering the moral and historic responsibility that Germany has before our people for the Nazi crimes.”

    “They have crossed the Rubicon,” Nechaev stated, using an idiom for passing the point of no return.

    Berlin discarded its longstanding policy of not sending weapons into zones of armed conflict to join the US and other NATO allies in providing weapons to Ukraine. The German government says it has a moral responsibility to back Kiev so it can defend itself against Russia.

    Germany also joined an effort by the EU to decouple the economies of member states from Russia’s. German businesses have been relying on cheap Russian natural gas for five decades, since before the Soviet Union collapsed.

    The German government “has unilaterally acted to destroy bilateral relations [with Russia] that were unique in scale and depth and had been built over decades,” the Russian ambassador noted. “In essence, the post-war reconciliation of our nations and peoples is being eroded,” Nechaev said.

    According to the diplomat, economic restrictions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine conflict have resulted in a sharp increase in utility bills, a surge in consumer prices, and a decrease in real incomes in Germany. Nechaev said the “sanctions war” against Moscow is being increasingly seen as “shooting yourself in the foot” in Germany, which has already faced protests over the cost-of-living crisis. The ambassador noted that Russia took no pleasure in seeing the damage, even if Berlin has itself to blame for it.

    “We believe the ongoing processes to be Germany’s domestic issue, in which we do not get involved,” he said. “And we certainly are not in the habit of delivering pompous lectures, the likes of which the West constantly makes about Russians.”

    Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

    In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.

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  4. shinichi Post author

    (sk)

    大きなニュースも、日本にとって都合が悪いニュースだと、日本のメディアではあまり伝えられない。その傾向は、この2~3年、特に顕著になってきている。

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