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...

China’s Confrontational Diplomacy in the ‘New Era’

On March 12, 2020, a new spokesperson of China’s ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) Zhao Lijian floated an idea on his Twitter account that the new coronavirus, which first started spreading in Wuhan, could have been brought...

Inside of China’s Global Propaganda Campaign on COVID-19

The coronavirus epidemic has become a major test for China’s global image. While Beijing has faced criticism for its mismanagement of the epidemic in the beginning, its seeming success in containing the outbreak contrasted with the lackluster response...

Berlin Muddles Through Again: Why Lack of Germany’s China Strategy Should Make CEE Countries...

Much talk has been in the media recently about China gaining the upper hand in the Sino-German relationship. Facing economic disruptions stemming from the coronavirus epidemic in China, it is a good time to look back and...

Countering China’s Influence Campaigns at European Universities

This article was originally published at The Diplomat and is reposted here with the permission of the author. China’s efforts to manipulate academic discourse in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) cannot be easily discerned,...

Chinese Investments in the Czech Republic: Opportunity or Threat?

Before 2015, the idea of China-Czech cooperation was a non-issue. Relations hung in a post-1989 fog of mutual disinterest and distrust, dominated by the Czech preference for prioritising Havelian anti-communism and human rights and engagement with Taiwan over contact with the People’s...

Proposed EU Criteria for New Members Show Wary Europe Has China on Its Mind

The communications of the European Commission rarely receive international media attention, even on days when they do not have to compete with a possible pandemic and the impeachment drama of an American president. It has to be admitted that the eight-page document released...
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