About Andreea Brînză

Andreea Brînză is a researcher and the Vice President of RISAP. Her interests are related to the geopolitics, geostrategy and geoeconomics of the Asia-Pacific region and especially China. Her research focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative.

All roads lead to Beijing

All European roads no longer lead to Rome, but Beijing, with Emmanuel Macron, Theresa May, Mark Rutte and Angela Merkel travelling to the capital of the European Union’s largest trade partner. But the European leaders didn’t go to China just to make a new friend; Europe has a few grievances for Beijing to address. [...]

Redefining the Belt and Road Initiative

The narrative of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as spanning over 65 countries and gathering 62 percent of the world population, 31 percent of its GDP, and 40 percent of global land area should once and for all disappear now that China has announced the extension of the BRI to Latin America. Ever [...]

Shinzo Abe’s East European tour

Nukes, missiles and economics. On January 12, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe started a diplomatic tour in 6 countries, 3 from Baltic region and 3 from Southeast Europe. The purpose? To discuss the North Korean problem and to improve the economic ties with the European countries. For all the six countries of the tour, [...]

By | 25 January 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Iron Silk Road Bubble

If one image has come to define the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s ambitious, amorphous project of overseas investment, it’s the railway. Every few months or so, the media praises a new line that will supposedly connect a Chinese city with a European capital. Today it’s Budapest. Yesterday it was London. They are the [...]

Is China’s Belt and Road ready to be the new face of globalisation?

If Thomas Friedman wrote his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree today, maybe the Lexus would be replaced with a Chinese vehicle, like a Geely, for example, because globalisation has a new pole: China. In the past, the US led the wave of globalisation through its economic might, soft power and hyper-connectivity. But [...]

By | 16 May 2017|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

AIIB goes global

In 2009, at China’s version of Davos, the Bo’ao Forum, a Chinese scholar advocated for setting up a regional bank that will accelerate the development of Asian countries by closing the infrastructure gap in Asia. The proposed name of the bank was the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and, eight years later, its fate would be tied [...]

By | 3 May 2017|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

The tragedy of being a woman in politics

Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female President was dismissed from office by the Constitutional Court, after being impeached by Parliament. She joins a short list of heads of state dismissed during their term, next to the last president who suffered such a fate: Brazil’s first female President, Dilma Rousseff. During the last three decades, [...]

By | 23 April 2017|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

China: from panda diplomacy to New Silk Road smart power

“We have kung fu and we have pandas, but we could not make a film like Kung Fu Panda!” This is what a Chinese professor confessed some years ago to David Shambaugh, a professor at George Washington University. Although China lacked the creativity to produce a soft power hit like the popular Disney movie, [...]

By | 30 September 2016|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

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

In mainland China, if you don’t get married by the age of 27 you are relegated to the “leftover women” bin, but in Taiwan things look a little different. An unmarried woman with aboriginal roots became, on May 20, the first female president of the Republic of China, better known as Taiwan. Her name [...]

By | 27 May 2016|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

How a Greek Port Became a Chinese ‘Dragon Head’

During the Ming dynasty, a single man defined China’s maritime strategy. His name was Zheng He and his travels along the coast of the Indian Ocean are often compared with those undertaken by Christopher Columbus, with the biggest difference between them being that Zheng’s maritime campaigns were based on a soft power strategy and weren’t [...]

By | 26 April 2016|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments