China Watch in the Black Sea Region

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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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

China in Europe: the visit of Xi Jinping

On Prima TV News, a long discussion about Xi Jinping’s visit in Europe and Beijing’s (PRC’s) influence in our region in general. And what is to understand from the elusive BRI projects. Full video in link …

China’s influence in Romania

China’s influence in Romania – and 81 other states: an index with 99 dimensions grouped in 9 sections. Why am I not surprised that the biggest attraction for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Romania …

China Watch – August 2022

  On April 13th, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China published an official document – Answers of the spokesperson of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Bulgaria to questions related to …

China Watch: Online Monitoring – July

We monitored 23 online news websites in Chinese and English over a time period of seven months. We used Pulsar - media monitoring tool to extract data from these sources and we filtered the content …

China Watch – May 2022

China's narrative of Russia's war against Ukraine. by Andreea Leonte, Parliamentary advisor and a fellow for China studies at The Romanian Institute for the Study of the Asia-Pacific (RISAP).   On February 4th, China and Russia issued a …

China Watch – April

  CHINA’S REACTION TO THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE Our partner, Leonid Litra, Senior Analyst at New Europe Center published an analysis of China’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Without changing the rhetoric …

China Watch – March 2022

Views from the East on Beijing’s influence in the Black Sea region   BULGARIA Analysis by the Bulgarian Institute for legal Initiative (BILI) Bulgaria went through a significant political shift of powers in 2021. After more than a decade-long …

China Watch February 2022

Views from the East on Beijing’s influence in the Black Sea region UKRAINE How much risk is China willing to take for the sake of Russia. The coordination between Moscow and Beijing, as viewed from Kyiv by Leonid …

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 …