Central Asian governments have grown used to accommodating the different priorities of outside partners and leveraging them for their own benefit, making sure not to become anyone’s playground. As Russia’s standing comes under question and China holds its ground, Western countries need to come up with an approach that is attuned to the region’s preferences.
Despite Raisi’s historic visit to China, bilateral ties will continue facing serious challenges. Beijing will remain highly pragmatic toward the Islamic Republic and Middle East at large, avoiding picking sides.
Even as debates about the characterization of the Sino-Russian partnership continue, energy cooperation between the two grows in intensity.
This article was originally published at China Foresight, LSE IDEAS, and is republished here as part of a partnership between CHOICE and China Foresight. Ukrainian military successes in the second half of 2022 have not only precipitated…
The past twelve months have been turbulent for China-CEE relations. China-Russia ‘No Limits’ Partnership, China’s tacit support of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Beijing’s damage control missions and Estonia and Latvia’s decisions to leave 16+1…
Despite limited cooperation so far, China maintains an interest in securing a footprint in Georgia, which occupies an important geostrategic position for China’s connectivity initiatives.
Russia’s multilateralism in Central Asia is showing signs of unraveling. Amid cracks in Russia-led regional groupings, China has now much bigger space to advance its own initiatives.
China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) hosted a panel discussion entitled Look Who’s Talking: Chinese and Russian Propaganda and Disinformation in Europe on 22 September in Prague.
Amid the attention paid to the Putin-Xi meeting, Beijing has advanced its goals in
Traditionally loose BRICS has faced serious problems on its road to expansion. Exacerbated great power competition, however, paves the way for such a scenario.
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.