China and Central Europe: Success or Failure?
China did not play a significant role in Central Europe
for decades following the transition from communism
to capitalism in the region. The global financial crisis
and the economic struggles of the European Union,
however, have fundamentally changed the situation.
China has gradually become an important economic
and political partner to many countries of Central
Europe since 2011 and the rise of Beijing’s influence
has drawn European and American attention to the
region once again. The present book offers an insight
into bilateral relations between China and some of
the most significant Central European countries
and attempts to explain the motives and interests of
the involved parties. The authors agree that China’s
influence in the region is limited and concerns about
its potentially malign intentions are exaggerated in
most cases. Still, the Chinese presence in Central
European countries is here to stay and it is of utmost
importance to analyse and to understand the role it
plays in the region.