Belarus’ Burgeoning Ties with Russia and China

Increasing pressure from Western countries may leave the Lukashenko regime no choice but to embrace a two-pronged strategy. These prongs include deepening defense cooperation with Russia and bolstering economic ties with China. While the...

China’s “Strategic Silence” on the Poland-Belarus Border Crisis

This article is part of a series of articles authored by young, aspiring China scholars under the Future CHOICE initiative. At the beginning of December, Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko signed Directive No.9, a law aimed...

Western Sanctions on Belarus’s Potash Industry Test Beijing-Minsk Partnership

At the beginning of September, the Belarusian news outlet Nasha Niva revealed that due to Western sanctions on Belarusbank, China had not paid another tranche of credit ($103 million) for the construction of the $2 billion Slavkaliy potash mining...

China Fails to Deliver on its Promises in Belarus

For over a decade, Belarus has seen China as a strategic opportunity for its foreign policy. Unsurprisingly, China is largely perceived as an economic opportunity for the Eastern European country. Sino-Belarusian economic cooperation mainly...

The Curious Timing of the Chinese Loan to Belarus

On the 16th of December, The Belarusian Finance Ministry and the executive of Shanghai branch of the China Development Bank signed an agreement that granted Belarus a loan of 3.5 billion RMB (approx. 500 million USD). According...