“Empty Shell No More: China’s Growing Footprint in Central and Eastern Europe”, Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova (LIIA, Latvia)

Ten experts from Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania covered the most important developments in the fields of political, economic and people-to-people areas of cooperation, identifying the underlying trends. Based on a thorough analysis, the publication offers a set of realistic and achievable suggestions for a joint action plan for the CEE countries within an ACT strategy, the goal of which is to offset the imbalance in the relationship with China. The publication argues that the CEE countries should ‘hijack’ the platform, using it as a tool to promote their interests vis-a-vis Beijing, rather than passively accepting its agenda.

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