Tag: #CEE

A Coal-Free Future Leaves China’s Engagement in the Balkans Uncertain

There might not be a better moment for the transformation of China's relationship with the Western Balkans than now. With Xi Jinping's pledge that China will no longer fund the construction of coal-fired power plants overseas, a...

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...

As Czechs Head to the Polls, China Remains on the Margins

This article is part of an exclusive new series from CHOICE focusing on China as a topic in elections across Central and Eastern Europe. As Czechs hand in their ballots today and tomorrow, they...

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...

Germany’s China Policy is Set for a Rethink After the Elections

This article is part of an exclusive new series from CHOICE focusing on China as a topic in elections across Central and Eastern Europe. Germany under Angela Merkel has attempted to navigate a “middle...

Taiwan, Lithuania, and a Small Country’s Big Challenge to Beijing

When Lithuanian Ambassador Diana Mickeviciene returned to her posting in Beijing on August 10, she was met with more than just a cold welcome. Having recalled its own envoy from Vilnius, Beijing was now asking Lithuania to...

China’s Economic Influence Impacts Governance and Climate Policy in CEE

Long-lingering concerns about Chinese influence at the EU’s doorstep have recently become a harsh reality.  Montenegro has become a symbol of the debt problems  developing countries can fall into by signing on to a...

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...

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...

Why a United Front of CEE Countries Against China is Not in the Cards

The February summit of the 17+1 initiative has been rightfully portrayed as a failure of Chinese attempts to revive the cooperation and raise its image through the inaugural presence of Xi Jinping. For the first time, no...

China, the 17+1 Platform, and Taiwan – a ‘New Stage’?

At the occasion of the 17+1 virtual summit held in February, Chinese President Xi Jinping confidently declared that ties between China and the 17 Central Eastern European countries entered a new stage. By...