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Andreea Brînză

Andreea Brînză

Andreea Brînză is the Vice President of the Romanian Institute for the Study of the Asia-Pacific (RISAP).

Her research focuses on the geopolitics and geoeconomics of China, with an emphasis on the Belt and Road Initiative. You can follow her on Twitter @Andreebrin

Posts by Andreea Brînză
March 25, 2021

China’s EU Sanctions Are the Latest Proof: Beijing Doesn’t Understand Democracies

By Andreea Brînză
Once again, Beijing has misunderstood the functioning of democratic institutions. It’s part of a long-standing pattern of missteps.

February 10, 2021

How China’s 17+1 Became a Zombie Mechanism

By Andreea Brînză
The Central and Eastern European countries were supposed to be China’s gateway to Europe; instead they have become its biggest headache
October 28, 2020

Under Trump, the US Strategy for Countering China Is Mimicking China

By Andreea Brînză
The US has begun to copy questionable Chinese behaviors, from aggressive diplomatic criticism to forcing sell-offs and joint ventures.

October 07, 2020

No, China Doesn’t Think Decades Ahead in Its Diplomacy

By Andreea Brînză
China’s foreign policy reflects short or medium term planning, far from the myth of generational or centennial timelines.

September 04, 2020

China Doesn’t Understand Europe, and It Shows

By Andreea Brînză
From its original CEE outreach to Wang Yi’s recent trip, China’s pursuit of short-term goals has interfered with its long-term relations in Europe.

July 03, 2020

Central and Eastern Europe Is Not in Bed With China

By Andreea Brînză
Western analysts often parrot Chinese talking points about the strength of China’s presence in the region. The truth is far less rosy for Beijing.
April 28, 2020

China and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Saga

By Andreea Brînză
The railway became the BRI’s most important project in Europe -- but nearly seven years later, the story still isn’t over.

April 02, 2020

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One?

By Andreea Brînză
As COVID-19 spreads around the world, China has begun talking about a “Health Silk Road.” But one already exists – at least, on paper.

November 01, 2019

How the US-China Competition Is Playing out in Romania

By Andreea Brînză
The U.S. fight against Chinese nuclear and 5G technology in Romania will be an important test case.

November 08, 2018

Japan’s Belt and Road Balancing Act

By Andreea Brînză
Japan is engaging in China’s BRI while also hedging its bets through similar initiatives with other partners.

March 20, 2018

Redefining the Belt and Road Initiative

By Andreea Brînză
The BRI is not about physical routes in Eurasia. It is a global strategy.
May 26, 2016

Tsai Ing-wen: A New Type of Female Leader in Asia

By Andreea Brînză
Unlike other female political leaders in Asia, Tsai does not belong to a political dynasty.

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