The EU Has the Power to Hold the China-Russia Axis in Check

By providing political support for Russia amidst the invasion of Ukraine, Beijing made itself a notable part of the European security equation – if not directly, then as Moscow's enabler. This new reality was addressed, correctly, with...

The EU Must Adjust Expectations for Beijing Amid Invasion of Ukraine

This article is part of a series of articles authored by young, aspiring China scholars under the Future CHOICE initiative. When Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, the eyes of many turned swiftly...

China Struggles to Strike a Balance Amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, China’s position has been thrust firmly into the spotlight. With the war dragging out longer than anticipated, Beijing finds itself only hemmed further into an increasingly difficult position.

CHOICE Analysts Offer CEE Perspectives on China-Russia Ties

Indicative of the importance of our network at this juncture, three of our analysts across Czechia, Latvia, and Slovakia made appearances on the ChinaTalk podcast to discuss topics that are understandably top of mind for many. From...

Beijing Could Learn Valuable Lessons from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is forcing China into a complicated and often clumsy diplomatic dance. China has tried to appear neutral in the conflict, for example, by abstaining in key votes on condemning the...

The Belt and Road: Bigger than Infrastructure

A problem of definition is hampering discussions about China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to a greater extent than currently appreciated.  Thus far, 148 countries have signed up to the BRI, from Asia to...

Reading into China’s Reaction to Russian Aggression in Ukraine

Given the rapid escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the largely opaque statements offered by typically noncommital Chinese diplomats, CHOICE assembled a group of experts on both nations to opine on the action and reaction.

Amid Ukraine Tensions, Moscow and Beijing Grow Closer 

On the sidelines of the Beijing Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for the 38th time, issuing a joint statement that may well become a major milestone in bilateral ties.

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 Challenge Shapes Europe’s Changing Approach to the Indo-Pacific

For the first time ever, the foreign ministers of the EU-27 will meet 30 of their Indo-Pacific counterparts at a high-level forum in Paris on February 22. This “27+30” event is likely to focus on security and...

At the Beijing Olympics, Sport is Inevitably Political

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing are set to kick off with pomp and circumstance later this week. Ahead of this program, professed to be apolitical, there is no shortage of controversy. While...

What the Global North Doesn’t Understand about Sino-Latin American Relations

On December 1, the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia Lopez, sat down with representatives of the Chinese pharmaceutical company Walvax Biotechnology for talks about setting up a joint operation to produce vaccines in the Colombian capital. Alejandro Gómez,...