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Written by RISAP’s team of researchers and analysts

China doesn’t understand democracy and the rule of law

China’s wolf warrior diplomacy might have had an active year, but China’s foreign relations are on the wrong track. One often overlooked reason for this is China’s limited understanding of how democracy, rule of [...]

By | 16 October 2020|Tags: , |

An ambitious European China strategy needs a vision, new tools and more resources

In designing a coherent, goal-driven, long-term China strategy, Europe should be ambitious, even if achieving its goals will be difficult. This will require vision, but also new tools and resources, which Europe now lacks. [...]

By | 14 September 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Designing an ambitious and coherent European China strategy without full unity

The initial plan for the Leipzig Summit between China and the European Union featured all the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The [...]

There can be no European China strategy without an end goal

From Paris to Riga, there are calls for a new European approach towards China. All over Europe, there is pressure for national governments and the European Union to adopt a more robust and assertive China [...]

By | 14 September 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Europe needs a coherent, goal-driven, long-term China strategy

On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel, on behalf of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, together with the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, will have a virtual [...]

By | 14 September 2020|Tags: , , , , |

China Doesn’t Understand Europe, and It Shows

Some years ago, both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang showed a fondness for referencing popular American television shows including “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards.” While they seen to display a [...]

Turning to the United States won’t help India against China

Not long after the deadly border clash in June between China and India, observers were trying to ascertain the geopolitical consequences of the incident. Many focussed on how the clash would drive India closer [...]

Who will be China’s next Premier?

Who would have imagined street stalls could grab so much attention in China? Premier Li Keqiang’s comments about expanding street stalls to promote employment and the apparent pushback by Xi Jinping’s allies against his [...]

Without rule of law, China risks becoming the lonely tech superpower

Huawei has steadily emerged as a 5G pioneer, showing how a Chinese company can become a global heavyweight. Yet it has also become a different kind of pioneer: the first victim of a [...]

The world is falling for China’s Hong Kong trap

The Chinese leadership’s decision to introduce national security legislation in Hong Kong has attracted global attention and condemnation. This move was unsurprising, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been trying to tighten [...]

Central and Eastern Europe is not in bed with China

If you ask three experts from the United States, China, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) about China-CEE relations, you will receive three different answers. While the Chinese might say that relations are [...]

Hindi Chini Bye Bye will mark the Asian Century

This week, just when China and India were making progress in easing weeks-long border tensions in Ladakh, the clashes between the two turned deadly for the first time in decades, leading to dozens of [...]

By | 21 June 2020|Tags: , , , |

Strategic competitors in search of China: The story of Romania and Bulgaria

Romanian and Bulgarian interests have diverged on many occasions throughout history, but their outlooks have recently become more aligned. For one thing, both countries have fostered a competitive dynamic to exploit their advantageous [...]

Are we witnessing the end of the golden age of Chinese diplomacy?

Over the past 40 years, China’s economic rise has been powered by the work, sacrifices and creativity of hundreds of millions of citizens. Yet its rise as a global power has come about thanks [...]

By | 20 May 2020|Tags: , , , |

The Belt and Road Initiative in the times of pandemic

As the novel coronavirus spread from country to country, reaching the level of a pandemic, some voices pointed toward the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the main avenue of contagion. But had it [...]

How Russia helped the United States fight Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe

Thirty years of independence from communism and the Soviet Union have also meant 30 years of fear of a Russian invasion for Central and Eastern European countries. As a result, these countries have spent [...]

There is no such thing as free health care in China, a communist country

As the Wuhan virus spreads, Chinese health care is under the microscope. On Jan. 22, the government declared that it would cover the costs of treatment for victims of the coronavirus. But that might [...]

By | 29 January 2020|Tags: , , |

China must decide what kind of geopolitical Europe it wants

China is slowly losing Europe. This is happening even though transatlantic relations are at a low point and right when the European Union is finally aiming to become a global geopolitical player. Ursula von [...]

By | 27 December 2019|Tags: , , , , |

How China can drive the US out of the Asia-Pacific

Many observers believe China is building up its military, especially its navy, to break through the first and second island chains and push the United States out of the Asia-Pacific. China’s military expansion in the region [...]

By | 15 December 2019|Tags: , , , , |

How the US-China competition is playing out in Romania

There is an old myth in Romania that during the communist era, dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu systematically avoided developing infrastructure in the eastern part of the country because he feared a Soviet invasion. Today the [...]

By | 5 November 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |