G7 SUMMIT FRANCE 2019

The 45th annual Group of Seven (G7) summit, taking place on 24–26 August 2019 in Biarritz on France’s Atlantic coast, will be an important event. It comes when the climate change crisis has reached a critical stage, when the established liberal multilateral order is under assault, and when growing populism, protectionism, provincialism and doubts about democracy tempt many to turn inward to temper the inequalities that globalization has often intensified in their societies at home.

COMBATING CHINESE THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

China’s theft or forced transfer of intellectual property and technology is a growing concern among governments and businesses worldwide, but it has been a particular concern in the United States and Europe. It is estimated that China derives 8 percent of its gross domestic product from the illegal theft of intellectual property rights.

Forced Joint Ventures

KEY TOPICS OF MACRON-PUTIN MEETING IN BREGANCON

  1. State and prospects of development of Russian-French relations in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres
  2. Situation in Ukraine
  3. Settlement of the conflict in the Donbass
  4. Prospects for continuing work in the Normandy format and holding a summit with the participation of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
  5. Situation with Iran and around the deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

CHINESE INFLUENCE ACTIVITIES IN GERMANY

Source: Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow The Hoover Institution, Stanford University  

CHINESE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE ACTIVITIES

Source: Anne-Mary Brady, New Zealand, draws on 30 years of research into China

Chinese interference falls into four categories:

COUNTERING CHINESE INFLUENCE IN EUROPE

If European political decision-makers want to counter problematic elements of China’s political engagement of both state and non-state actors, they need to act swiftly and decisively.

1. Leverage the (collective) weight of EU member states

CHINESE INFLUENCE ACTIVITIES IN FRANCE

Source: Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow The Hoover Institution, Stanford University  

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EU COUNTRIES LOBBYING IN THE U.S.A. (2018)

Austria

  • Advantage Austria at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO)
  • Federal Economic Chamber of Austria
  • Government of Austria
  • Austrian National Tourist Office

Belgium

  • Flanders Tourism Board

Bulgaria

  • Tzvetan, Vassiliev
  • Aviora Consult EAD on behalf of Delyan Peevski

Czech Republic

  • Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • OilProm s.r.o.

Cyprus

DIASPORA DIPLOMACY

Diasporas are non-state actors that interact with state actors, primarily their host state – the state they currently live in – and their homeland – their country of origin. As mobilised groups with a strong sense of identity, diasporas can play a role both in domestic and in international politics. As far as domestic politics is concerned, they may influence both the domestic politics of their homelands and the domestic politics of their host states regarding issues that are of interest to them.

FOREIGN REGISTRATION ACT (FARA) USA IN A NUTSHELL

Source: The Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”): A Guide for the Perplexed published by Law Firm Covington & Burling LLP. Covington & Burling LLP is an international law firm, that provides corporate, litigation and regulatory expertise to enable clients to achieve their goals.

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