Tag: #China

Facing the China Challenge in the Balkans

For years, concerns in Brussels and Western European capitals about the security of southeastern Europe have centered on the threat posed by Putin’s Russia. But behind these fears the question of China looms large. This...

The EU’s shield

With the surge of Chinese investments into sensitive sectors of the economy, some EU states have moved to enact investment screening mechanisms to manage the risks.

Estonia in the middle of Europe’s China debate

The appearance of China on the world stage has heated up emotions in national and transnational power corridors as well as created headlines in media and vigorous debates in public space. Recently, even in Estonia the new candidate for world...

The curious timing of 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...

Perception of China among V4 Political Elites

This policy paper by CEIAS (SK as a coordinating institution) and Association for International Affairs (CZ), Central, Eastern European Center of Asian Studies (HU), and Center for International Relations (PL) aims to explore the perception of China...

What’s in Store for China’s Economy in 2020?

In stark contrast to the fanfare that marked the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on October 1, 2019, China is wading into troubled waters as we head into 2020.

The EU Needs to Face China’s Threat to Academic Freedom

In general, academic exchanges are usually not framed within the concept of state security - neither external, nor internal. Quite the contrary, they are associated with establishing platforms of communication, enhancing people-to-people contacts and creating synergies for research. This non-zero sum...

Offsetting External Influence in the Balkans: Recommendations for the EU

The failure to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia has again shifted focus on the question of the EU's credibility in the Western Balkans. The EU's lack of leadership in the region is creating opportunities...

How China Influences Media in Central and Eastern Europe

China has successfully planted its narratives on topics like the Hong Kong protests into major news outlets across Central and Eastern Europe. This article was originally published at The Diplomat.

Xi’s Visit to Greece: Four Questions Waiting To Be Answered

President Xi's state visit to Greece on 10-12 November 2019 attracted massive interest at a time Beijing is at loggerheads with Washington. The extensive media coverage in Greece and China alike was mostly triumphalist, with no shortage...

Securing the Sino-Serbian Partnership

If enthusiasm on both sides is any indication, the increasing defence relationship between China and Serbia can be expected the grow even closer in the future.  This article has been originally published at Echowall...
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