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Voice for CHOICE #8: Assessing the BRI’s Inroads to the Western Balkans with Jon Hillman

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As Serbia continues to pursue a multi-vector strategy that heavily relies upon China and China itself further highlights cooperation in the Balkans not only on vaccines, but in infrastructure investment along the Belt and Road, as it did in the most recent 17+1 summit, curious eyes are increasingly drawn to China’s activities in the region. However, the cooperation across the broader Western Balkan region has not been without issues, especially as activists complain of environmental damage along China’s flagship project in the Balkans and governments, like that of Montenegro, fall into insurmountable debt to China’s Exim Bank.

To assess the level of threat that each of China’s projects across the Western Balkans pose, CSIS senior fellow Jonathan Hillman and his colleagues devised a flag system by which each project can be judged and the major indicators that onlookers should be wary of when judging each project.

To hear the results of the study and the prospects for China’s continued cooperation with Western Balkan nations, make the right choice and tune in!

This month’s show features analysis from:

  • Jonathan E. Hillman, Senior Fellow, Economics Program, and Director, Reconnecting Asia Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Show Notes 

This podcast is hosted by Kevin Curran

Written by

Kevin Curran


Kevin Curran worked as a Project Assistant at the Association for International Affairs (AMO). Previously, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Charles University, a visiting fellow at the International Sustainable Finance Centre, and a journalist for major US financial publications. His research interests include semiconductors, Central European media systems, and international capital market regulation.