Tag: #Belarus

Amid Ukraine Tensions, Moscow and Beijing Grow Closer 

On the sidelines of the Beijing Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met for the 38th time, issuing a joint statement that may well become a major milestone in bilateral ties.

Belarus’ Burgeoning Ties with Russia and China

Increasing pressure from Western countries may leave the Lukashenko regime no choice but to embrace a two-pronged strategy. These prongs include deepening defense cooperation with Russia and bolstering economic ties with China. While the...

Crises and Consequences Along the BRI’s Northern Corridor 

This article is part of a series of articles authored by young, aspiring China scholars under the Future CHOICE initiative. Learn more about the program and a currently OPEN call for articles here. A growing...

Unrest in Kazakhstan Only Solidifies China-Russia Ties

The Russian-led military operation in Kazakhstan has presented an important test for Moscow’s ties with Beijing.  In early January, Kazakhstan was shaken by nationwide protests that sparked uncertainty in the central Asian nation that...

Vilnius the Valiant No More? 

From its donation of 255,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to organizing a week-long parliamentary delegation to Taiwan, Lithuania has positioned itself as an early and reliable stalwart in the pursuit of closer ties between Europe and Taiwan. 

China’s “Strategic Silence” on the Poland-Belarus Border Crisis

This article is part of a series of articles authored by young, aspiring China scholars under the Future CHOICE initiative. At the beginning of December, Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko signed Directive No.9, a law aimed...

China Pulls the Economic Coercion Card Against Lithuania 

In early December, Lithuanian companies began to sense the extent of the economic price they might pay for the diplomatic row between Vilnius and Beijing.  What initially appeared as a moderate diplomatic response was...

Western Sanctions on Belarus’s Potash Industry Test Beijing-Minsk Partnership

At the beginning of September, the Belarusian news outlet Nasha Niva revealed that due to Western sanctions on Belarusbank, China had not paid another tranche of credit ($103 million) for the construction of the $2 billion Slavkaliy potash mining...

Voice for CHOICE #11: Looking Into Lithuania’s Challenge to China

Lithuania has certainly not been shy about bucking the status quo in terms of relations with Beijing. Whether it be committing to a fight for freedom “from Belarus to Taiwan”, a withdrawal from the...

China Fails to Deliver on its Promises in Belarus

For over a decade, Belarus has seen China as a strategic opportunity for its foreign policy. Unsurprisingly, China is largely perceived as an economic opportunity for the Eastern European country. Sino-Belarusian economic cooperation mainly...

The Curious Timing of the Chinese Loan to Belarus

On the 16th of December, The Belarusian Finance Ministry and the executive of Shanghai branch of the China Development Bank signed an agreement that granted Belarus a loan of 3.5 billion RMB (approx. 500 million USD). According...