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Source: Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

Suppressing the Truth and Spreading Lies: How the CCP is Influencing Solomon Islands’ Information Environment

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Asia-Pacific, Solomon Islands

Author: Blake Johnson et al.

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Following the November 2021 Honiara riots and the March 2022 leaking of the China–Solomon Islands security agreement, the CCP used propaganda and disinformation to push false narratives in an effort to shape the Solomon Islands public’s perception of security issues and foreign partners.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

Chinese Influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Author: Tijana Cvjetićanin

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The Chinese Communist Party strives to cultivate cultural, political, and academic ties in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These efforts are more pronounced in the Republika Srpska, where the authorities tend to adopt a pro-Russian and anti-Western foreign policy stance.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: September 1, 2022

Chinese Influence in Serbia

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Serbia

Author: Stefan Vladisavljev

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Chinese influence in Serbia is spread through various means. The most conspicuous and successful tools have been economic cooperation between Serbia and China, activities of the Chinese embassy, bilateral visits, “mask and vaccine diplomacy,” and cooperation with Serbian media.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 30, 2022

Chinese Influence in Bulgaria

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Bulgaria

Author: Ruslan Stefanov

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China’s objective is to build an influential pro-Beijing lobby and prevent Bulgaria from joining the group of China’s outspoken critics. In the absence of any substantial initiative as the 16/17+1 format peters out, old-style Chinese propaganda is unlikely to sway many Bulgarians.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 29, 2022

Chinese Influence in North Macedonia

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, North Macedonia

Author: Ana Krstinovska

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North Macedonia is a member of several international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and NATO, where the vote of each country counts. Thus, China seeks to ensure North Macedonia’s friendship, or at least neutrality, on resolutions tabled by Western governments.

Source: Foreign Policy Research Institute

Publication Date: August 28, 2022

Political Training Under the Belt and Road Initiative: A Look into the Chinese Communist Party’s First Party School in Africa

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique

Author: Raphael Chan

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Through Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere Leadership School, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) allows foreign political parties to learn from its experience in governance and development while cultivating foreign partnerships that will advance CCP foreign policy goals.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 25, 2022

Chinese Influence in Slovakia

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Slovakia

Author: Filip Šebok

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China’s policies toward Slovakia have included protecting China’s core interests on issues such as Taiwan and Tibet; creating a positive image of China, Chinese foreign policy, and Sino-Slovak relations; and establishing links with political and business leaders to induce China-friendly policies.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 24, 2022

Chinese Influence in Montenegro

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Montenegro

Author: Milica Kovačević

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China exerts influence in Montenegro through economic clout, primarily through huge debt for construction projects that will burden Montenegro for years. China’s investments in Montenegro benefit from a loophole that allows them to escape public scrutiny, competitive bidding, and national regulations.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Chinese Influence in Greece

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe

Author: Plamen Tonchev

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China’s strategic objectives in Greece are to make the most of the country’s position in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative; win over Greek political, business, and academic leaders and ensure Athens’ backing of China; and exert influence over the EU through “friendly” member states.

Source: Atlantic Council

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Chinese Discourse Power: Ambitions and Reality in the Digital Domain

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Kenton Thibaut

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For the Chinese Communist Party, gaining discourse power translates into increased geopolitical power by creating consensus around an alternative, China-led international order—one that privileges state sovereignty over civil liberties, and subordinates human rights to state security.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 22, 2022

Chinese Influence in Albania

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Albania

Author: Bledar Feta

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China has inserted itself into Albania’s economy and politics via major investments in air transportation, energy, agriculture, and mining, creating new avenues for leverage. Collaboration with key economic players and networks in turn creates dependencies through which China gains systematic influence.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 17, 2022

Chinese Influence in Hungary

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Hungary

Author: Tamás Matura

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Although the Hungarian government has supported Beijing on some controversial international issues, China does not proactively conduct systematic malign influence operations in Hungary. The rule and achievements of the CCP offer an attractive model to the ruling party and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 16, 2022

Chinese Influence in Romania

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Romania

Author: Rufin Zamfir, Andrei Tiut

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China’s attempts to project influence in Romania primarily target elites. Through Confucius Institutes, new generations of educated individuals are persuaded to focus on the economics of the Sino-Romanian relationship rather than the threat that the Chinese political model represents to democracy.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 15, 2022

Chinese Influence in the Czech Republic

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Czechia

Author: Ivana Karásková

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Beijing’s main strategic goals in the Czech Republic have been to weaken political support for Taiwan and to improve China’s image in the country, for example by fighting narratives depicting it as a human rights violator and as the source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Center for European Policy Analysis

Publication Date: August 11, 2022

Chinese Influence in Croatia

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Croatia

Author: Senada Šelo Šabić

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China’s malign influence in Croatia is limited compared with other countries in the region. As a member of the European Union, Croatia must align its foreign policy with that of Europe, particularly if EU relations with China continue to strain.