Tag: #Serbia

Will China Challenge the US on the Kosovo Issue?

This article was originally published in The Diplomat and is reposted here with the permission of the author with minor changes. On May 7, 1999, during NATO’s Operation Allied Force that put an end...

Expert Roundtable: China’s Development Assistance to the Western Balkans

The Western Balkan countries' path to EU integration may be hindered by the activities of non-European actors, especially China, eager to exert their influence in the region. As numerous CHOICE research papers and articles examining China’s footprint...

War in Ukraine Brings Belgrade Closer to Beijing

This article is part of an exclusive new series from CHOICE focusing on China as a topic in elections across Central and Eastern Europe. Russian aggression in Ukraine is not only a defining moment...

China’s Aid in the Western Balkans: Supporting Development, Undermining Good Governance

In a brand new CHOICE paper, China’s development assistance to all the countries that make up the Western Balkans is put under the microscope.  The new study by Ana Krstinovska analyzes the Chinese economic...

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...

Expert Roundtable: The Impacts of China-Funded Projects in the Western Balkans

The EU future for the countries in Western Balkans has recently been challenged. This ambiguity has offered an opening to non-European actors eager to exert influence and exploit openings in the region, including China.

Major Chinese Investment in Serbia Mired By Worker Abuse Controversy 

Vietnamese workers employed by the Chinese firm Linglong Tire in Serbia were living in conditions that have understandably shocked onlookers. Accommodated in old, rusty barracks, not outfitted for a chilly Balkan winter, the employees...

China’s Economic Influence Impacts Governance and Climate Policy in CEE

Long-lingering concerns about Chinese influence at the EU’s doorstep have recently become a harsh reality.  Montenegro has become a symbol of the debt problems  developing countries can fall into by signing on to a...

China’s ‘Digital Silk Road’ Enters the Western Balkans

The Digital Silk Road (DSR), an important component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is an increasingly scrutinized aspect of China's foreign policy toolbox that combines the efforts of the Chinese government and Chinese tech companies....

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fishy Promises

CEE-China cooperation could be quite different after Lithuania’s withdrawal from the 17+1 platform. As Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz and his crew of demolition spaceships were nearing Earth to make space for a galactic bypass, the...

Serbia Turns Multi-Vector Foreign Policy into Development Model… With China’s Help

Few people following international affairs will have missed the now infamous photo of the Serbian President, Alexander Vucic, kissing the Chinese flag at Belgrade Airport a year ago. In the global scramble for protective equipment and masks,...

Big Brother: Serbia’s Media Are Creating Nation of China Lovers

This story was originally published by BIRN’s English language website Balkan Insight. Close connections with the Serbian political elite and the favourable presentation of China in Serbian media, especially from outlets close to the...