Algeria and Egypt pressed China’s telecom national champion Huawei for more value-added manufacturing and technology transfers. The company responded, but it ultimately improved its brand image without engaging in meaningful capacity building.
Beninese officials have shown how even small countries can use close coordination between ministries and other negotiating tactics to strike deals with Chinese counterparts that better protect their own interests.
Any improvement in the West’s relations with China might be facilitated initially by Europe. The US-China trade war obscured the fact that Europe’s economic links with China far exceed America’s. Germany, in particular, relies on China as a manufacturing base to export to other countries.
Media and published views are only a proxy for what China’s leaders think. As Xi Jinping likes to recall, the press has a duty to educate the people along lines that the CCP sets.
So, this is not the first time China has thrown a lifeline to Sri Lanka. This has been part of China's outreach to most countries in South Asia. It is a greater strategic foothold in the region
Few EU or U.S. policymakers pause to ask what Beijing might want from Brussels or Washington to become more cooperative.
There are several explanations. The overarching one that’s not covered enough in the media is their obsession with Ukraine and their basic misjudgment of its importance for Russian foreign policy.
Outside national capitals, Chinese players are engaging local actors, from mayors, to community groups, to faith-based organizations in dynamic ways. This, in turn, is both entrenching China’s influence and compelling Chinese actors to adapt to and meet local demands.
Evan Feigenbaum offers a compelling analysis of the difficult position that Beijing now finds itself in after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine — unable to reconcile conflicting commitments to China’s strategic partnership with Russia, its foreign policy principles, and its desire to avoid being collateral damage from American and European sanctions.
It’s the essential ingredient for Taipei to achieve its economic diversification goals.