Sunday, September 15, 2019

Chinese Influence in Bulgaria: Knocking on a Wide Open Door?

China’s influence in Bulgaria has been distinguished by two overarching tendencies in recent years. Chinese economic presence in the country has remained...

The Golden Handcuffs of Chinese Investment

China’s investments in the Baltic countries are so far insignificant, but the Chinese have their eyes on large strategic infrastructure projects, developments...

What’s at stake in Hong Kong?

History is in the making on the streets of Hong Kong. Are we witnessing just another example of civil disobedience and popular...

China’s fight against “erroneous opinions”

China has been trying to control narratives on the Hong Kong protests in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. The results have...

The curious case of the China-loving Slovak parliamentarian Ľuboš Blaha

A Member of Parliament of the Slovak Republic Ľuboš Blaha led a parliamentary group on a visit to China in the second...

A Tale of a CEFC Acquisition in the Czech Republic

After the Chinese company CEFC made numerous acquisitions in the Czech Republic in 2016, it was widely assumed that the acquired companies...

Trojan Horses, Jilted Suitors

In recent years, Poland has been seen by some observers as a willing decoy for China as it seeks to wedge...

The EU badly needs to raise its game on China

An effective EU China policy requires a critical mass of policy makers and practitioners who have studied China, its history, its political...

Inside of China’s Current Hassle with the ‘Rogue’ Mayor of Prague

Last week, Prague found itself in a diplomatic row with Beijing. Chinese foreign ministry, through its spokesperson Geng Shuang, asked the Mayor...

Chinese investment in Greek, Sri Lankan Sea Ports: Analogies and lessons learned

While Greece and Sri Lanka are far apart, both countries sit on the ‘Maritime Silk Road’ of China’s signature Belt and Road...