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Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil on China, Taiwan, and the 16+1
June 11, 2022

Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil on China, Taiwan, and the 16+1

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Czech Senate president discusses his 2020 trip to Taiwan, the future of China-Czechia relations, and the future of EU efforts in the Indo-Pacific.

With All Eyes on Russia, Serbia Nourishes Ties With China
March 21, 2022

With All Eyes on Russia, Serbia Nourishes Ties With China

By Vuk Vuksanovic
The war in Ukraine provides Belgrade with an opportunity to continue and boost its policy of replacing Russia with China as Serbia’s primary non-Western partner.
Slovakia’s Growing Ties With Taiwan Signal Discontent With China in Central and Eastern Europe
December 14, 2021

Slovakia’s Growing Ties With Taiwan Signal Discontent With China in Central and Eastern Europe

By Marshall Reid
On its own, a Slovak delegation’s recent trip to Taipei might not spark alarm in Beijing. But it’s part of a larger trend of disillusionment in the CEE region.

Despite Xi’s Pledge, China Is Financing Coal Power Plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina
November 30, 2021

Despite Xi’s Pledge, China Is Financing Coal Power Plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Wawa Wang and Nils Resare
Despite a pledge to stop financing coal power abroad, overseas coal power plants financed by Chinese banks and state-owned enterprises are still moving forward - including in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

China and Central Europe: The View From Warsaw
October 19, 2021

China and Central Europe: The View From Warsaw

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Justyna Szczudlik.

Chinese Disinformation Operations: What Central and Eastern Europe Can Learn From Taiwan
September 17, 2021

Chinese Disinformation Operations: What Central and Eastern Europe Can Learn From Taiwan

By Alicja Bachulska and Lin Pu
The Taiwanese government and civil society’s tough, yet successful, battle against Chinese propaganda can be a lesson for democracies in the CEE region.

Czechia: A Case Study of China’s Changing Overseas Propaganda Efforts
April 30, 2021

Czechia: A Case Study of China’s Changing Overseas Propaganda Efforts

By Filip Sebok
How China localizes its propaganda via disinformation outlets in the Czech Republic.
How China’s 17+1 Became a Zombie Mechanism
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

Will Poland Be an Anti-Huawei Force in the EU?
August 27, 2020

Will Poland Be an Anti-Huawei Force in the EU?

By Paulina Uznanska
Mike Pompeo certainly hopes so. The incentives for Poland are less clear.

Slovakia: A New Challenger of China’s Human Rights Record?
August 17, 2020

Slovakia: A New Challenger of China’s Human Rights Record?

By Matej Šimalčík
A small state in Central Europe is emerging as a loud critic of China’s human rights violations.

Central and Eastern Europe Is Not in Bed With China
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.
China and the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Saga
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.

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