Tag: #China

What’s Behind Poland’s Sudden Change of Heart About China?

Beijing seems to have found an unlikely new friend in Europe as Poland pivots its foreign policy outlook.  While the relationship between the two nations underwent a rocky period of mutual distrust, Warsaw now...

China’s Aims and Opportunities in Afghanistan Amidst America’s Exit

China fears the repercussions associated with the looming US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a rise of extremism in the country could spread and threaten Beijing’s key positions in Xinjiang and Central Asia. However, America’s exit might yet...

Hungary’s China Policy Might Be In For a Seismic Shift

This article was originally published in The Diplomat. It was stunning to many observers seeing pictures from Hungary of thousands of people marching in the streets protesting the government plan to build the overseas...

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....

Voice for CHOICE #9: Tackling Human Rights Issues in China Policy with Eyck Freymann

Human rights are increasingly taking center stage in Sino-European relations, supplanting the economic impacts that had previously held primacy. Indeed, as quickly as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese FDI, and the 17+1 platform ignited the hopes of the Central European region and its leaders, the human rights issue and revelations from the Xinjiang region specifically have just as quickly soured public opinion.

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...

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fishy Promises

CEE-China cooperation could be quite different after Lithuania’s withdrawal from the 17+1 platform. As Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz and his crew of demolition spaceships were nearing Earth to make space for a galactic bypass, the...

China Seeks to Boost its Role in the Arctic

As of late, China has increased its engagement within the Arctic region. Natural resources, as well as new, trans-oceanic trade routes motivate Beijing to seek larger space for itself. As the region is effectively a closed one,...

Czechia: A Case Study of China’s Changing Overseas Propaganda Efforts

This article originally appeared in The Diplomat. As China steps up its efforts to manage global opinions, it increasingly customizes its message to local audiences, including via cooperation with disinformation outlets.

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...

The US, China, and the Race for 5G in the South Caucasus

As the US-China geopolitical divide looms ever larger and competing visions for global order are yet to crystallize, the technological realm and the spread of 5G is one area where both Beijing and Washington are pursuing different...

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......