Tag: #Russia

China’s Aims and Opportunities in Afghanistan Amidst America’s Exit

China fears the repercussions associated with the looming US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a rise of extremism in the country could spread and threaten Beijing’s key positions in Xinjiang and Central Asia. However, America’s exit might yet...

China Seeks to Boost its Role in the Arctic

As of late, China has increased its engagement within the Arctic region. Natural resources, as well as new, trans-oceanic trade routes motivate Beijing to seek larger space for itself. As the region is effectively a closed one,...

Why Ukraine is Reassessing its Defense Cooperation with China

In January, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview that he would not allow China to take control of Ukrainian enterprise Motor Sich.  "Never… not under me. I am not here for life......

How China is Breaking Central Asia’s “Geographic Prison”

Though China and Russia share large incentives to cooperate, Beijing’s push into Central Asia creates a fundamental problem for Russia as the region’s geographic boundaries are redrawn through China-funded railways, tunnels and roads. The...

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...

The Limits of China’s Involvement in South Caucasus

As the Second Karabakh War ended, all regional players’ interests were scrutinized in detail. One power however, China, was largely absent from the analysis. Official rhetoric from Beijing indicates the continuation of China’s non-intervention policy in the...

Moldova’s Unexpected Opening to China

Since declaring independence from the Soviet Union, Moldova has been in a constant political tug-of-war between Russia and the West. Strong divisions amongst the populace exist between those who feel closer to Russia and those who look...