China Monitor Articles
Since the war in Ukraine has begun, due to the strong and adverse response from the West, many experts were cautiously observing China’s role in the conflict. One of the questions was to what extent China would replace the EU in the terms of economic relations, and after the planned embargo on Russian oil introduced by the EU.
After the United States Armed Forces withdrew from Afghanistan on 30 August 2021, many experts were envisaging a possible chance for China to fill the „vacuum” that has been left after 20 years long operation led by the US. Certainly, China and Russia were seen as the main beneficiaries of the US departure, specifically in terms of their political influence and expression of power.
The landslide victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the Philippines presidential elections on the 9th of May might bring a structural change to the ASEAN member country in relations with China and the United States, more likely being a boon for China. With 31.6 million votes and twice the votes gained by the opposition leader, Lena Robredo, son of deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos has long-standing ties with China. As the result, Marcos Jr. will be the Philippines’ first majority president since 1965, when his father became president.
In 2020, the European Commission adopted the so called European Green Deal to face imminent challenges related to climate change. This ambitious goal to transform into a more efficient and green economy has been also a very important aspect of the Polish economic transformation.
On February 4th. on the eve of the Winter Olympics, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, the leaders of Russia and China declared that friendship between these two countries “has no limits”. Just a few weeks later, when the war in Ukraine has begun, this friendship has been put to a serious test.
The ongoing competition between the US and China over the sphere of influence in Vietnam has been intensifying. Vietnam can be considered as one of the most important partners for the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. At the same time, China seems to be an unavoidable partner for Vietnam. It all can be easily observed through diplomatic efforts that both countries are putting to place themselves at the pole position.
Continuous relations between China and Indonesia can be seen as one of the most successful partnerships among Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states.
President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda attended the opening ceremony of the 24th Olympic Winter Games in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The highlight of the Polish President’s three-day visit to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Sunday, February 6.
The new Czech governing coalition views relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) significantly differently than the incumbent Czech President Miloš Zeman. Although most of the key state positions were distributed smoothly, Zeman opposed the appointment of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Official data on the growth of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) GDP, released in January this year, indicated that the Chinese economy grew by 8.1% in 2021, which met the government’s growth target of “over 6%.” Despite this growth rate, some symptoms of PRC’s domestic economic problems are appearing.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been ranked among the world’s most populous countries since its establishment. At the beginning of 2022, the country still tops that list, but the latest data of the National Bureau of Statistics of China shows a worrying population trend.
On January 17, 2022, Premier of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Li Keqiang held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The talk concerned further cooperation in various domains. The Chinese side recalled good mutual relations and encouraged further pragmatic collaboration.
Czech and Slovak intelligence and counterintelligence agencies mention the threat from China in their reports more and more often. The growing importance of the PRC and its attempts to influence these countries are closely monitored. The degree of danger is frequently compared to Russian actions
Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi visited Eritrea, Kenya, and the Comoros between January 4 and 7. It was an opportunity for further declarations of support in many domains of African countries and the presentation of new initiatives.