Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

China's Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans

  • 2020, 10 pp (PDF)
  • Free of charge

Geopolitics has returned to vogue, and the EU does not enjoy a monopoly on influence in the Western Balkans. China is the latest player on the scene, and although its economic footprint is still relatively small, Beijing’s growing presence is a new reality that Brussels needs to contend with. China’s “no-strings attached” financing of infrastructure potentially undermines the EU’s reform-orientated approach.