The EU Must Adjust Expectations for Beijing Amid Invasion of Ukraine

This article is part of a series of articles authored by young, aspiring China scholars under the Future CHOICE initiative. When Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, the eyes of many turned swiftly...

China Struggles to Strike a Balance Amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, China’s position has been thrust firmly into the spotlight. With the war dragging out longer than anticipated, Beijing finds itself only hemmed further into an increasingly difficult position.

CHOICE Analysts Offer CEE Perspectives on China-Russia Ties

Indicative of the importance of our network at this juncture, three of our analysts across Czechia, Latvia, and Slovakia made appearances on the ChinaTalk podcast to discuss topics that are understandably top of mind for many. From...

Beijing Could Learn Valuable Lessons from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is forcing China into a complicated and often clumsy diplomatic dance. China has tried to appear neutral in the conflict, for example, by abstaining in key votes on condemning the...

Reading into China’s Reaction to Russian Aggression in Ukraine

Given the rapid escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the largely opaque statements offered by typically noncommital Chinese diplomats, CHOICE assembled a group of experts on both nations to opine on the action and reaction.

Is Ukraine Really Pivoting Towards China?

Recent rapprochement between Ukraine and China has given rise to doubts about Kyiv’s geopolitical positioning, even as President Zelensky achieved his long-sought White House audience in early September.  However, Kyiv’s recent overtures to China...

Tighter Ties with China Signal Ukraine’s Multi-Vector Foreign Policy

Ukraine is eager to cut deals with China as it confronts the West’s moves to allay Russian concerns. Whether Kyiv’s moves are a sign of a larger foreign policy adjustment or just a bluff aimed to mitigate...

Why Ukraine is Reassessing its Defense Cooperation with China

In January, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview that he would not allow China to take control of Ukrainian enterprise Motor Sich.  "Never… not under me. I am not here for life......