EU almost invisible at major Silk Road forum in Georgia

By |oktober 23rd, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, China, Georgia, New Silk Road, News|

No high-level EU Commission official was to be found at the opening of a two-day Silk Road Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday (22 October), which was attended by 2,000 delegates from some 60 countries, including several EU member states. 

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‘Almost impossible’ to rival China’s business clout in Central Asia

By |oktober 11th, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, Central Asia, China, EIB, EU strategy for Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, News, Peter Burian, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan|

“China is coming with an offer nobody can refuse, while the EU is coming with an offer nobody can understand." For many in Central Asia, that phrase – although intended as a joke – best summarises the European way of doing business.

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East-West corridor: ‘Hard’ versus ‘soft’ connectivity?

By |oktober 10th, 2019|Azerbaijan, Belt and Road Initiative, Central Asia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, News, Uzbekistan|

A conference organised by EURACTIV on ‘Global Eurasia – connectivity as a driver for peace, stability and security’ raised questions such as “greener” connectivity, in line with Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s priorities. But diplomats from the region were more focused on infrastructure.

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Eurasia comes together in Nur-Sultan, but differences are still big

By |september 25th, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, Central Asia, China, Eurasian Union, Kazakhstan, New Silk Road, News, Russia|

The 21st century should be defined by cooperation between Europe and Asia. That was the message of the fourth Eurasian conference, held in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan on Tuesday (24 September). However, differences among participants prevented it from achieving concrete results.

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Chinese ambassador asks EU for evidence that Huawei is a ‘security threat‘

By |september 19th, 2019|5G, Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong, Hong Kong protests, Huawei, News|

The European Union needs to show “concrete evidence” that the Chinese tech giant Huawei is a security threat, China’s Ambassador to Slovakia Lin Lin told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

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Kazakhstan’s new president vows to pursue controlled democratisation

By |september 3rd, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, China, democratisation, Kassim-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan, News, reform|

Kazakhstan’s new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered on Monday (2 September) his first major speech following his election last June, defining his policies in all fields of the economy and society.

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Fact check: Has Europe surrendered its south to China?

By |september 2nd, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, Emmanuel Macron, EU-China reations, EU-China trade, News|

According to French President Emmanuel Macron, Europe has made the mistake of systematically handing key European infrastructures in southern Europe to the Chinese. EURACTIV has done a fact-check.

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Scandals in Kyrgyzstan highlight dubious Chinese business practices

By |julij 23rd, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, China, corruption, Kyrgyzstan, News|

Kyrgyzstan was shaken by a major corruption scandal involving a Chinese company while the country’s capital Bishkek was hosting a ministerial meeting of the five Central Asian countries earlier this month. EU officials told EURACTIV this experience should serve as...

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Slovak president attacks Beijing’s human rights record

By |julij 12th, 2019|Belt and Road Initiative, China, News, Poland, Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova|

Slovakian president Zuzana Čaputová has criticised Beijing for not respecting human rights, during a visit by China's foreign affairs chief on Wednesday (10 July). Wang Yi was in Slovakia to discuss the involvement of the Visegrád Four in the Silk Road project.

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Central Asia ministerial welcomes the EU’s new strategy for the region

By |julij 8th, 2019|Afghanistan, Belt and Road Initiative, Central Asia, Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, EU strategy for Central Asia, Federica Mogherini, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, News, regional cooperation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan|

Gathered in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday (7 July), the Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries welcomed the new EU Strategy on Central Asia recently adopted by the EU.

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