The Importance of the Western Balkans in China’s Foreign Policy

Author
Marcin Przychodniak
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
China’s cooperation with the Western Balkans through the “17+1” format and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), among others, is primarily political. In the economic sphere, Chinese investments are to a large extent only declarations, and trade is marginal in comparison to cooperation with the EU or others. China’s goals are to gain political influence in future EU countries and limit their cooperation with the U.S. Competition with China in the region requires more intense EU-U.S. cooperation, made more difficult by the pandemic.
Topic
Foreign Policy, International Trade and Finance, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Investment, Strategic Competition
Political Geography
China, Europe, Asia, Balkans