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China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) is a multinational consortium of experts providing informed analysis on the rising influence of the People’s Republic of China within the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). CHOICE provides a platform for discussion, information sharing, best practices and collaboration for its members monitoring and evaluating Chinese activity in the CEE.

CHOICE offers grounded discussion to critically assess and analytically dissect China’s 16+1 initiative, Belt and Road, and other China-led initiatives targeting CEE countries. CHOICE is the premier organization for China watchers in the CEE to share insight, gather information and build a holistic understanding of China’s activities in the region.

CHOICE is run by the Association for International Affairs (AMO), a prominent Prague-based foreign policy think tank and NGO.

Ivana Karásková

Founder and Leader of CHOICE & China Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Czechia

CHOICE Research Fellows


CHOICE Research Fellow covering the V4 countries

Research Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, Warsaw


Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova 

CHOICE Research Fellow covering the Baltic countries

Head of Riga Stradins University China Studies Centre, Riga

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CHOICE Research Fellow covering the Western Balkan countries

President, ESTIMA, Skopje