The Other Great Power Threat: China As a New Challenge for NATO’s Eastern Flank

This article was originally published in New Eastern Europe. The region of Central and Eastern Europe has been historically contested by local great powers. The 20th century experience with expansionists Nazi Germany and the...

CAI and the Fate of the China-Germany-CEE Industrial Triangle

Central Europe cannot sleepwalk into the CAI without a proper debate. German investments in China may negatively affect the beneficial status quo of Germany-CEE economic integration. "What is good for German automakers is good...

The Slow Demise of ‘Business as Usual’ in China-EU Relations

This article originally appeared in 9DashLine. The recent salvo of tit-for-tat sanctions between China and the EU over Xinjiang has seemingly brought bilateral relations to the brink. Yet, one would not know by looking...

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...

China’s EU Sanctions Ultimately Score an Own Goal

On March 22, the EU announced sanctions against four Chinese officials as well as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau in connection to ongoing atrocities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. In response, on the...

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

As the Merkel Era Comes to a Close, Germany Reconsiders its China Policy

The long 'reign' of German Chancellor Angela Merkel will finally end in September. Along with her succession, a political shift for the European powerhouse is most certainly underway.  Looking back at 16 years under...

Leveraging Central and Eastern Europe to Push Back On China

This article was originally published by CEPA and is republished here with the consent of the author. China is making inroads with the EU, and its 17+1 initiative, targeted at Central and Eastern Europe,...

Back to the Good Old Days? – China’s Run of Diplomatic Victories in Europe

The upcoming 17+1 on-line summit to be held on February 9 is another example - after concluding RCEP and EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) - of China’s return from its downward diplomatic spiral in 2020 to...

Europe’s Rising Anti-China Populism

Most European countries have so far avoided making China a topic of domestic political contestation, with only a few parties across the continent playing a “China card”. That may soon change, with Nigel Farage’s post-Brexit declaration of...

Power from Within: The Benchmark for EU Unity on China

“The EU needs to practice the language of power, not just speak it,” said the EU’s High Representative Josep Borrell during the 2020 EU Ambassadors’ Conference. In a similar vein, following the election of Joe Biden, Borrell...

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...