China and Central and Eastern Europe: On the Fast Track

Written by Dragan Pavlićević. The 3rd Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Countries, held in Belgrade on December 16-17, marked a new phase in the relationship between China and the CEE under the so-called 16+1 platform. While the previous two Meetings in Warsaw (2012) and Bucharest (2013 ) were …

China and the Visegrad countries: Policies, goals and discrepancies

Written by Richard Q. Turcsányi. Among the 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries which are members of the China-tailored ‘16+1 platform’, the Visegrad states (V4) comprising of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia have since the platforms inception, been measurably advanced of their neighbours. However, there may be signs that its position within …

Perspectives on CEE-China Cooperation

Written by Dominik Mierzejewski. There is a common perception that China’s policy towards the European Union is largely based on bilateral relations with member states. Relations between Beijing and Brussels are centred around the EU-China Summits and a strategic partnership agreement signed between the two sides in 2003. However China’s new 16+1 initiative aimed at …

Taiwan’s Relations with Slovenia

Written by Saša Istenič. Despite their remoteness, many parallels can be drawn between Slovenia and Taiwan. Not merely within their democratization processes and profound political changes but also within the strenuous processes of national identity formation. Throughout history, the survival of the Slovene nation and Slovene-hood was precarious and similar to the experience of the Taiwanese, …

Finding Equilibrium: Czech-China-Taiwan Relations

Written by Martin Lavicka. Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, relations between Czech Republic and the PRC have undergone a long and somewhat interesting journey, one full of turbulence. Until 1989, the relationship between the two countries, former Czechoslovakia and China, followed a similar path to the relations between …

Chinese Investments in Central and Eastern Europe. A Romanian Perspective

Written by Sarmiza Pencea. For decades China has succeeded in attracting and turning to good account substantial foreign capital inflows, which have contributed to its torrid growth and development. Given its changed economic fundamentals after decades of accelerated transformation, the country is now adjusting to its new internal and external realities and implementing comprehensive rebalancing …

China’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe

China’s relations with Central Eastern Europe countries entered into a new phase with the launch of the 16+1 initiative. This new multilateral framework offers opportunities posed by China’s growing presence in CEE region, as well as risk that such developments hold for particular countries. China’s “12 Measures for Promoting Friendly Cooperation with Central and Eastern …