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, 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 in by the U.S. military....

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 article was originally published by the South China Morning Post and is reposted here with the permission of the author. The communications of the European Commission rarely receive international media attention, even on...

Chile: the door to China’s influence in Latin America?

Beijing’s alleged media strategy against Hong Kong’s demonstrators through diplomatic statements and an aggressive defense on its geopolitical domains is not limited to Central and Eastern Europe, but it is rather a worldwide strategy in which even the smallest country can...

Political connectedness of Chinese companies: A perspective from CEE

Over the recent years, the most attention-drawing topic related to China in Europe seems to have been its inbound investment in the region. Alerted by the growing FDI inflow from China along with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the...

Xi-for-Li swap without a second thought?

Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) better known in the West for his ancillary position as the president of People’s Republic of China (PRC), will replace China’s prime minister Li Keqiang as...

What’s in Store for China’s Economy in 2020?

In stark contrast to the fanfare that marked the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on October 1, 2019, China is wading into troubled waters as we head into 2020.
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