EU-China Relations Untangled at the Future CHOICE Summer Program

Centuries ago, the Jesuits Order made an indelible contribution to the Western understanding of China. While China is no longer shrouded in mystery, it is now as important as ever to try to understand it in its...

EU-China Relations: Priorities of the Czech EU Presidency

China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) and Association for International Affairs (AMO) organized a conference titled “EU-China Relations: Priorities of the Czech EU Presidency” on June 10, 2022 in Prague. The closed-door by-invitation-only conference gathered...

Expert Roundtable: China’s Development Assistance to the Western Balkans

The Western Balkan countries' path to EU integration may be hindered by the activities of non-European actors, especially China, eager to exert their influence in the region. As numerous CHOICE research papers and articles examining China’s footprint...

Expert Roundtable: The Impacts of China-Funded Projects in the Western Balkans

The EU future for the countries in Western Balkans has recently been challenged. This ambiguity has offered an opening to non-European actors eager to exert influence and exploit openings in the region, including China.

Connecting CEE and US China-Watchers on Climate Issues

The qualms about China’s impact on the local environments of CEE nations, particularly those along its flagship Belt and Road Initiative, is not confined merely to the CEE region itself. As climate issues are inherently global, these...

CHOICE-Japan Dialogue: Juxtaposed Priorities, Overlapping Lessons

Shortly after the G7 summit and its heightened wariness of both direct and indirect challenges posed by China, China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) and the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR) jointly organized a...

China’s ‘Digital Silk Road’ Enters the Western Balkans

The Digital Silk Road (DSR), an important component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is an increasingly scrutinized aspect of China’s foreign policy toolbox that combines the efforts of the Chinese government and Chinese tech companies...

Careful or Careless? Debating Chinese Investment and 5G Technology in Central Europe

China is no longer a complete newcomer in Central Europe and it has become a fixture of national debates in all the V4 states in recent years. The MapInfluenCE project has previously undertaken a first-of-a-kind research on China’s image in Central European...

China’s Rapidly Developing Disinformation Requires a European Response

As China’s 'mask diplomacy' has receded, 'vaccine diplomacy' has quickly taken its place and added vigor to China’s efforts to “tell the China story well” in Europe. Amidst these efforts, Brussels has been caught...

Is There a Future for the 17+1 Format?

Nine years after China entered the region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to great fanfare with the 16+1 format, the now 17+1 format appears to be running out of steam. To discuss the state of the...

CHOICE-India Dialogue: Engaging Indo-Pacific, CEE Experts on China

Concerns over China’s increasing influence across the globe necessitate an open dialogue between the nations grappling with the challenge. Indeed,  China seeks to impress its pre-eminent role across regions, not least in Southeast Asia and the South...

China as Hybrid Threat in Central and Eastern Europe

China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) held a close-door webinar titled China as Hybrid Threat in Central and Eastern Europe on October 20, 2020. The line-up of outstanding panelists included Teija Tillikainen, Director of Hybrid...