In a visit to the Baltic capitals, Joseph Wu highlighted shared threats, underscored the shrinking comfort space for small democracies to dwell in globally, and attempted to rally more political support for raising Taiwan’s profile in Europe – all that while trying to curb the unrealistic Baltic economic expectations towards Taiwan.
Despite accelerating geopolitical changes across the globe, Poland’s electoral debate bears close to no sign of them, with China remaining on the very sidelines of the discussions among local politicians. This problem is symptomatic of not only Poland’s lack of strategic thinking regarding China, but also of a broader intellectual disconnect in the perception of what is domestically believed to be important (economy, security) and the international forces shaping these issues.
From access to the Indian Ocean, Myanmar’s oil and gas supplies and rare earth reserves to managing stability on the shared border, Myanmar is a strategically important neighbor for China. The internal situation in the country therefore directly affects Beijing’s geopolitical and security interests in the Asia-Pacific region, including ties with ASEAN.
China’s economic development model resembles that of Japan over 30 years ago with high savings, and high investment, but with restrained consumption and rigid institutions weighing increasingly on macroeconomic success. The chronic over-investment and misallocation of capital, particularly in the property sector,…
Cooperating with China against the backdrop of ongoing efforts to boost economic and technological sovereignty and autonomy on both sides brings new challenges.
While Xi Jinping emerged as an uncontested winner from the Party Congress, he faces significant governance challenges ahead.
While still in its infancy, China’s efforts to spread the use of its own digital currency will have an impact on both the domestic economy and China’s role in the international monetary system.
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…