Tag: #Investment

In Serbia, Private Interest Becomes National Interest

Protests in Serbia are provoking rarely seen responses from the government in Belgrade. Faced with widespread unrest and demonstrations in the streets, the Serbian government recently withdrew Draft Amendments to the Law on Expropriation. This marked only...

What 2021 Tells Us About the Future of China-CEE Relations

The year gone by was a tumultuous one for Europe’s relations with China, to say the least. With the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) put on hold, a round of sanctions imposed on China...

Voice for CHOICE #13: Examining China’s CEE Investment Aims with Ágnes Szunomár

Via the 16+1 platform, the Belt and Road, the Digital Silk Road, and more, there is no shortage of Chinese investment initiatives touching the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. This includes infrastructure projects dotting the Western...

Editors’ CHOICE: Best of 2021

It has been a busy year in China-CEE relations, to say the least. Whether it be the burgeoning ties to Taiwan raising Beijing's ire, the 17+1 platform underperforming in President Xi's first appearance, or the EU-China CAI...

China Pulls the Economic Coercion Card Against Lithuania 

In early December, Lithuanian companies began to sense the extent of the economic price they might pay for the diplomatic row between Vilnius and Beijing.  What initially appeared as a moderate diplomatic response was...

The Sino-Lithuanian Diplomatic Standoff Escalates

One year after entering office with a promise of an ambitious values-based foreign policy, the Lithuanian government is indeed creating ripples on the global stage.  Most prominently, Vilnius’ decision to leave China’s 17+1 format...

Can the EU Really Re-engage with China?

After a difficult year, Brussels appears to be attempting to mend fences with China and reestablish a dialogue.  Since September, the key word in Brussels has been “re-engage”. What re-engage means and how it...

Western Sanctions on Belarus’s Potash Industry Test Beijing-Minsk Partnership

At the beginning of September, the Belarusian news outlet Nasha Niva revealed that due to Western sanctions on Belarusbank, China had not paid another tranche of credit ($103 million) for the construction of the $2 billion Slavkaliy potash mining...

Taiwan’s Outreach to CEE and the Search for Something Sustainable

As the EU and some of its member states are increasingly willing to regard Taiwan as a partner and de-hyphenate their relations with Taiwan and China, authorities in Taipei have been equally eager to capitalize on this...

Why the European Parliament’s Support for Taiwan Matters 

The past year has seen ties between the EU and Taiwan warm at an unprecedented speed and intensity. Still, should the two sides let momentum subside, the present window of opportunity could very easily be shuttered. 

Voice for CHOICE #12: The 16+1 Format’s Place in China’s Foreign Policy with Jakub...

While it has faded from the popular discourse in recent months, the turn of the year will quickly catapult Central and Eastern European nations to another meeting with the China via the recently downsized 16+1 mechanism. 

Navigating the Nexus of Business and Politics in Sino-Czech Relations

With a new coalition agreement on the table, the Czech Republic is on the verge of entering a new political chapter. Despite being rarely addressed in the pre-election period, it may be anticipated that the Czech foreign...