Tag: #EU

China’s Rapidly Developing Disinformation Requires a European Response

As China’s 'mask diplomacy' has receded, 'vaccine diplomacy' has quickly taken its place and added vigor to China’s efforts to “tell the China story well” in Europe. Amidst these efforts, Brussels has been caught...

China’s EU Sanctions Ultimately Score an Own Goal

On March 22, the EU announced sanctions against four Chinese officials as well as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau in connection to ongoing atrocities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. In response, on the...

Back to the Good Old Days? – China’s Run of Diplomatic Victories in Europe

The upcoming 17+1 on-line summit to be held on February 9 is another example - after concluding RCEP and EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) - of China’s return from its downward diplomatic spiral in 2020 to...

China in the Slovak Security Strategy: A Step in the Right Direction?

Slovakia is no longer naive about China. However, an effective policy towards Beijing is still a distant goal.  China is significantly increasing its power potential and political influence, based on rapidly growing military capabilities,...

Fortifying 5G Networks in North Macedonia: The Need for Western Partners

On September 10, 2020, only ten days into his second term as leader of the government, the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev met with Zhang Zuo, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of...

Europe’s Rising Anti-China Populism

Most European countries have so far avoided making China a topic of domestic political contestation, with only a few parties across the continent playing a “China card”. That may soon change, with Nigel Farage’s post-Brexit declaration of...

Voice For CHOICE Podcast: Talking European Perceptions of China with Matej Šimalčík

The European Union's agreement to tentative terms on its Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with China is ruffling some feathers amongst the European public.

EU Should not Rush Investment Deal with China

Before the end of the year, European countries have to decide on an investment agreement with China. A tentative document was rushed through a meeting of ambassadors in Brussels on Friday (18 December). A top-level leaders' discussion...

Editors’ CHOICE: Best of 2020

As the solar year speeds to a finish, it’s time for a retrospective on a record year for CHOICE, despite the well-known obstacles that had to be contended with. For a full catchup on...

Power from Within: The Benchmark for EU Unity on China

“The EU needs to practice the language of power, not just speak it,” said the EU’s High Representative Josep Borrell during the 2020 EU Ambassadors’ Conference. In a similar vein, following the election of Joe Biden, Borrell...

The Czech Model: A New Era for Taiwan’s Diplomacy in Europe?

Following the signing of the Taipei-Prague sister city agreement and Mayor Hřib’s open support for Taiwan’s democracy, 2020 saw another diplomatic victory for Taiwan in the Czech Republic. After the visit of the 89-member Czech delegation to...