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Tiptoeing around China – Poland Plays it Safe

Five months into the term of Poland’s new government, Foreign Affairs Minister Radosław Sikorski delivered a foreign policy exposé, delineating Warsaw’s aims for the upcoming year. Sikorski reaffirmed Poland’s pragmatic stance towards China, balancing economic interests with concerns over ideological disparities and Beijing’s political tactics, while also avoiding any definitive decision to disengage.

Poland on a Search of its Approach to Derisking

Poland has supported the European Commission’s derisking policy, which has clearly been directed against China, despite pronouncements to the contrary. Meanwhile, it has been trying to find its own way of implementing the policy, with progress so far largely driven by  bottom-up initiatives. 

Why Is There No Room for China in Poland’s Electoral Debate?

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. 

How Russian Disinformation Troubles Sino-Polish Ties

Ties between Warsaw and Beijing are going through a rocky period, impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. China’s unwillingness to curb the spread of Russian disinformation about Poland within China runs contrary to Beijing’s quest of “telling China’s story well,” underling its failure to take Poland’s fundamental security concerns seriously.