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China Watch

EFOR monitors Beijing’s influence in Eastern Europe, with a focus on the Black Sea countries, which are usually overlooked. Communist China is less visible than Russia in the region, but it is increasingly present through economic or political action, directly or through the EU. We will quantify this influence in various countries so that our publics understand better the nature of the regime and its interests in our part of Europe.


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Projects

What we don’t know about China?

Chinese prosperity is largely state propaganda. The myth of China's effectiveness is beginning to fade. Details about the Chinese population's rights and liberties as well as economic opportunities came to surface in recent years. China …

Chinese communities in Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine

The Chinese community in Romanian was, and probably still is, one of the biggest communities in Eastern Europe, second only to the one present in Hungary. Although the exact number of Chinese in Romania has …

News on China Watch

In Brief on 9DASHLINE

EFOR meddles in East Asia, in the proverbial China shop: what we as East-Europeans should do in the growing crisis related to Communist China's presence in Europe, and how it would help a lot if we …

The Chinese in the Black Sea Countries

In the last three decades a small Chinese diaspora has emerged in Romania and other countries of Eastern Europe. Who are these people? Amy Liu, a Taiwanese-American from the University of Texas, explains here. Read …

Falling into History

Beijing celebrates next month 100 years of Chinese-style communism. The triumphalism and intensity of propaganda are unprecedented, but the problem is that China's international prestige has diminished seriously, especially in Europe. EFOR's report summarizes the …

Boycott Olimpics

It is not the boycotting of the 2022 Beijing Olympics that would represent "a politicization of sport and the Olympic ideal", but precisely the manner in which dictatorships instrumentalize the sport events for their propaganda …

Orientalism 2.0

Europe’s Vulnerability to Chinese Propaganda is Homegrown A new form of Orientalism makes the West susceptible to propaganda narratives from China that ultimately aren’t even primarily intended for them. That Western societies are under pressure from Chinese …