Is Taiwan a Ticking Time Bomb in the Semiconductor Supply Chain?

This article was originally published in The Diplomat and is republished here with the permission of the author. Huawei and the threat it poses to security may grab more headlines, but the semiconductor industry...

Are China and Iran Forging a New Geopolitical Axis in Eurasia?

Pressure on Iran and its nuclear program has not relented with a new administration in Washington,  which Tehran has taken as a signal it must  maximize its efforts to balance Washington’s clout by building closer ties with...

Has Xi Jinping Just Presided Over the Last 17+1 Summit?

If 17+1 is indeed a "pioneering feat of great power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics", as Chinese state media claim, Beijing should be worried.       Leaders of six countries decided to pass on the 17+1 summit...

How China is Breaking Central Asia’s “Geographic Prison”

Though China and Russia share large incentives to cooperate, Beijing’s push into Central Asia creates a fundamental problem for Russia as the region’s geographic boundaries are redrawn through China-funded railways, tunnels and roads. The...

Forgotten Promises: Bilateral Investment Treaties Between CEE and China

Since the late 1980s, China has actively signed Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with every country in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) apart from Montenegro. These treaties remain effective today and oblige CEE countries to afford protection for...

Pope Francis’ Sin of Omission on China

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in...

How China is Buying Influence in Europe

As the novel coronavirus ravages national economies and people’s lives, leaving businesses and countries struggling for years, the European Union has issued a warning, requesting the Member States “to be vigilant and use all tools available at...

China’s Infrastructure Push in Europe

The article was originally published at The Diplomat and is republished here with the permission of the author. The Chinese presence in Europe is rapidly gaining momentum; however, China should not be seen as...

EU’s Struggle to Tackle the China Challenge Continues

The EU is facing a reckoning over its relations with China. Recently, Brussels faced a barrage of criticism for acceding to China’s pressure. The first case was acquiescence to the pressure by Chinese diplomats to water down...

The Belt and Road After COVID-19

This article was originally published at The Diplomat and is republished here with author‘s permission. The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly looking like a watershed, one of those moments in history that mark the end...

China Is Learning the ‘Russian Way’ of Disinformation on COVID-19

Boxes filled with medical equipment from China are landing at airports in Italy, Spain and Greece, each carrying a note that promises eternal friendship between the countries. Top Czech politicians welcomed the delivery at the runway in...

Documentary: In the Shadow of China

In China’s Xinjiang province, tens of thousands of members of ethnic minorities have been disappearing in camps, mainly the Uighurs, Kazachs, and Kyrgyz. This Western Chinese province has a significant place in the plans for the construction...