Matej Šimalčík

EU-China 05-01-2021

China investment agreement and the golden calf of EU unity

Despite the narrative about Central and Eastern European countries endangering EU unity on China, the hasty conclusion of an investment agreement with Beijing shows that the Franco-German alliance is a bigger obstacle to a united response to challenges posed by China, writes Matej Šimalčík.
Competition 12-06-2020

Weaponizing transparency: Dealing with security risks of Chinese investments

Increasing transparency is a key measure to manage and mitigate many security risks posed by Chinese investments into sensitive sectors. Slovakia's experience in fighting shell corporations and oligarchs offers an example of how to do it, writes Matej Šimalčík.
China 19-10-2018

China in the Balkans: Motivations behind growing influence

Beijing’s influence in the Balkans continues to grow, but we should not compare it with Russia. Chinese influence differs in both motives and tools used for its spreading, writes Matej Šimalčík.
China 01-05-2018

After European funds dry out, will China bring ‘better’ tomorrows?

Taking EU funds away from Central European member states will reinforce Chinese influence in the region, argues Matej Šimalčík.
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