The Czech Republic is in the process of revising its policy towards China under the reign of a center-right government. As the country is still a part of the 14+1 format, the issue of continued participation in the platform is naturally part of the review. In spite of that, no (public) assessment of Czech participation in the platform since its inception in 2012 has been conducted. Did the Czech Republic gain anything at all from its engagement with China under this format?
Countries of Central and Eastern Europe have stood at the forefront of European engagement with Taiwan.
Bucharest has abandoned the erstwhile drive to improve relations with China due to shifting geopolitical alignments and unmet economic expectations, with the bilateral ties now on auto-pilot.
With China’s Zero-COVID Policy Consigned to History, Chinese Tourists Are Back in Central and Eastern Europe
With the Chinese leadership’s sudden reversal of the country’s zero-COVID policy along with its gradual reopening since early December 2022, tourism is very much back on China’s agenda for cooperation with foreign countries, including Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
Distancing from China and Approaching Taiwan: Central and Eastern Europe’s Values-based Engagement with the Indo-Pacific
As the revisionism of China and Russia threatens international peace, Central and Eastern Europe and Taiwan hold the key to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and, more broadly, the rules-based international order.
While China’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe has been affected by the crisis of the erstwhile “17+1” format after the withdrawal of the Baltic countries, Beijing still has committed partners in the region.
Despite media narratives minimizing the agency of CEE states and Taiwan, their role in international relations should not be reduced to being merely passive receivers of bigger players’ decisions. Their historical experience dealing with Russia and China can serve as important sources of knowledge and inspiration when it comes to building resilience in the face of authoritarian powers.
The visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in August was followed not only by heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait, as China reacted by announcing military…
Unlikely to cause the same level of Beijing’s hostility due to a milder tone, the coordinated Estonian and Latvian decision to halt participation in the China-CEE cooperation platform still sends a strong message to China due to its Taiwan-related timing.