The recently concluded NATO summit has reinforced Chinese authorities’ belief that the Alliance activity with partners in the Indo-Pacific is part of the US hegemonic interests. In an effort to counter this, China is developing a narrative of NATO as a destabilizing actor while strengthening its military capabilities, including in cooperation with foreign partners.
Until recently, multilateralism formed the backbone of the post-war rule-based international order. However, multilateral organizations such as the United Nations have increasingly struggled to effectively address regional and global challenges. Dissatisfaction with the existing institutional framework, coupled with the intensifying superpower competition between China and the US, have instead brought about a worldwide rise in new minilitaral agreements.
India has traditionally championed the principles of strategic autonomy and non-alignment as core guiding tenets of its foreign policy. However, in recent years there have been marked shifts, most notably in its security and economic ties with the EU, that suggest a recalibration of India’s outlook. This development can be attributed to the growing influence of the ‘China factor’ in India’s calculations – a potential game-changer in EU-India relations.
The government of Georgia Meloni in Italy has to decide whether to upgrade its relationship with Taiwan as it reconsiders ties with China.
As Germany works on its new China strategy, there is a need to comprehensively define an
approach to ties with Taiwan as well.
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.
As tensions in the Indo-Pacific escalate and a scenario of a Chinese attack on Taiwan becomes more feasible, the question of EU’s military role in the region gains relevance.
The threat posed by China to NATO countries is growing due to China’s cooperation with Russia, the two powers’ ambition to remodel the international order and the risk of destabilization in the Indo-Pacific.
In July, the Czech Republic takes over the reins of the EU presidency from France. Ukraine will most likely dominate the agenda and China, as such, is not planned to be one of the…
As the Czech Republic prepares to assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union in July 2022, engagement in the Indo-Pacific will be one of the key issues on the agenda. This…
India has found itself in a difficult position after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has been a long-standing partner for India in multilateral fora but also in terms of defense cooperation, playing a key role in India’s…