As China rises as an economic and an international power, new relationships are being forged with all areas of the world including Central and Eastern Europe. This book explores how this relationship is developing. It considers how China’s links with Central and Eastern Europe fit in to China’s overall international relations strategies. It looks at economic and trade ties, diplomatic initiatives and the role of the European Union, and examines China’s bilateral relations with the different states of the region. These relationships are particularly interesting because before the end of communism in Eastern Europe China had many direct links with the countries of the region.
Table of Contents
1. Westward ho—the China Dream and ‘one belt, one road’: Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi Jinping
2. The "16+1 Cooperation" under the "Belt and Road" Initiative
3. Economic Relations between China and Central and Eastern Europe: Trade and Investment Issues
4. From Mutual Understanding to a New Paradigm of Cooperation: China’s Public Diplomacy toward CEECs
5. CEECs-China: Whose Norms, Whose Values?
6. EU’s presence in CEECs and its impact on China-CEEC cooperation
7. Czechia’s Relations with China: on a Long Road toward a Real Strategic Partnership?
8. Hungary and China Relations
9. Between Central and Local Interdependence: Dimensions of Poland’s Relations with China
10. Sino-Romanian Relations under the New World Order, Iulia Monica Oehler-Şincai
11. China’s Engagement in the Balkans: Challenges and Prospects from a Geopolitical Perspective
Weiqing Song is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Macau, China.