Tag: #Investment

The Golden Handcuffs of Chinese Investment

China’s investments in the Baltic countries are so far insignificant, but the Chinese have their eyes on large strategic infrastructure projects, developments that are simultaneously tempting and worrying to the Baltics. During a dinner...

Closing Time

Rumors have it that the TS Plzeň's archive has been taken away by the Chinese owner.

A Tale of a CEFC Acquisition in the Czech Republic

After the Chinese company CEFC made numerous acquisitions in the Czech Republic in 2016, it was widely assumed that the acquired companies would make a fresh start. The vision of cash influx and modernization of production somewhat...

Chinese Investment in Greek, Sri Lankan Sea Ports: Analogies and Lessons Learned

While Greece and Sri Lanka are far apart, both countries sit on the ‘Maritime Silk Road’ of China’s signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Both countries have seen growing Chinese presence, particularly with regard to their sea...

Political and Security Implications of Chinese Investment in Slovakia

The following text is a summary of an invitation-only seminar organized by the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) in Bratislava in April 2019, attended by the representatives of several ministries and state bodies, experts from universities and...

Dealing with Chinese Influence in Central and Eastern Europe: What Can We Learn from...

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) expanding influence in Europe, particularly Central and Eastern Europe, has been the source of increasing global attention and scrutiny. For those who have been monitoring Sino-Australian relations over the past five years,...

What Do Central and Eastern European Countries Want from China? Assessing 16+1 and Its...

This briefing paper summarizes the views and comments of participants during the first China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) International Working Seminar held on November 20-21, 2018, in Prague, Czech Republic. The...

Poland on the Route of the Chinese Silk Road: A Chance for Development or...

In autumn 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new project—or geostrategic vision—now known as the BRI, which aroused consternation around the world. Soon after, the Chinese scientific and expert community revealed that this project was essentially about presenting China...

Serbia: China’s Open Door to the Balkans

China is playing an increasingly active role in Serbia, part of its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe. Despite a renewed interest on Beijing’s part, China’s relationship with the European Union encountered...

17+1: Exo Pame Kala

There’s a common saying in Greek, exo pame kala - “we are doing well abroad”. The phrase is attributed to a former prime minister and president of Greece, Constantinos Karamanlis (1907-1998), and is used nowadays to imply that government foreign...

The Misguided Discourse on Chinese Influence in Central Europe

Relations of CEE countries with China are often a subject to controversy. Tamas Matura, Hungarian expert on China, sees little justification for criticism from Western EU members. He warns that applying double standards threatens to build up lines of division within...