Planned as a Euro-Atlantic project, a new deep-sea harbor in Anaklia on the Georgian Black Sea coast made a lot of sense. With the US investor pulling out, will Tbilisi now turn to easy Chinese credit?
In Serbia and the Western Balkans, ordinary people hugely appreciate the convenience of using the new Chinese-built bridges and highways. The political impact is palpable.
The 16+1 partnership between Eastern European countries and China became the 17+1 on Friday after Greece joined.
China attracts Eastern European countries with the promise of financing much needed infrastructure investments. The EU needs to find a common response. Nowhere else …
There are compelling reasons for the EU to use the OSCE to engage China on security issues of joint concern.
The “One Belt, One Road” project is about more than securing China’s economic future: it is a serious attempt on the part of Beijing to introduce a new form of diplomacy.