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Sweden’s lonely boxing match with Beijing

Battle over bookseller blows up diplomatic relations with China

VÄSTERÅS, Sweden — On a recent weekday in the Swedish industrial town of Västerås, about an hour’s drive west from Stockholm, Mayor Anders Teljebäck admitted defeat.

  • Charlie Duxbury
  • Politico

The municipal council had just voted to shut down a three-year partnership with Jinan, a Chinese city in Shandong province.

As part of the state-funded program, called “residents’ dialogue,” Chinese officials had visited Sweden and vice versa, holding workshops on how to involve citizens in local government...

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