China’s Aims and Opportunities in Afghanistan Amidst America’s Exit

China fears the repercussions associated with the looming US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a rise of extremism in the country could spread and threaten Beijing’s key positions in Xinjiang and Central Asia. However, America’s exit might yet...

China’s Soft Power Debacle in Eastern Europe

This article was originally published by International Politics and Society. The article is also available in Russian. Over the past ten years, China’s growing power, as well as its increasing geopolitical engagement has become...

How China and India are Competing in Vaccine Diplomacy

At the first high-level summit of the "Quad" grouping, the US, Australia, Japan and India agreed to jointly develop, finance, distribute and manufacture vaccines in order to increase vaccine production and to counter Chinese vaccine diplomacy. In...

The Logic of China’s Vaccine Diplomacy

This article was originally published in The Diplomat and is republished here with the permission of the authors. Since May 2020, when Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at a World Health Assembly meeting that China considered...

Voice for CHOICE Special Edition: Double Episode on Environmental and Climate Issues

As both the EU-China CAI 17+1 summit begin to fade from view and more challenges yet emerge for China and their relations with both the EU and CEE nations, the Voice for CHOICE podcast is picking up on one of China's evermore present promises in such high-profile meetings and agreements in 2021, that of climate cooperation

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...