Over the last couple of years the censorship of historical narratives has intensified in China. The assault on history is shared by all communist dictatorships and it goes against the conservative understanding of societies.
Although Putin was the first world leader Xi Jinping met with outside China since the outbreak of the pandemic, Beijing is probably more interested in a West divided over Ukraine than in Russia itself.
The struggle between a rising China and a hegemonic United States poses the genuine risk of another world war; historical precedence tells us that such conflicts rarely end without bloodshed. An article by security expert and military historian Bálint Somkuti, published on Mandiner.
Cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) was established in 2012. While at its peak, the initiative comprised 17 CEE states, that number has shrunk to 14, as a result of disillusionment with Beijing over its silence on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as its unkept investment promises.
Tensions rise between China and the United States over Taiwan. But why is a relatively small island so important?
China’s share in the key manufacturing stages of solar panels surpasses 80 per cent, which is a number that is set to reach 95 per cent in the coming years. As EU countries race towards their energy transition goals the question remains how this phenomenon is going to impact their plans?
The possibility was unnoticed or at least underrated, that the AUKUS agreement was a strange victory, not only for AUKUS members, but also for another region, usually chastised by the world’s political elite: Central and Eastern Europe.
The recipient countries themselves will judge whether the EU’s Strategy will be able to hider the expansion of China’s sphere of influence, or whether it is only a “too little too late” project of the lagging West.