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Will China’s facemask diplomacy pay off?

China has recently engaged itself in Central and Eastern Europe. Its influence in the region may become even stronger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central and Eastern Europe’s location is strategically very attractive – geopolitically and economically. That is why Washington has often called this region a pivot area, a term popularised by the late Zbigniew Brzeziński. With a large part of the region now part of western integration structures (especially NATO), the Kremlin sees it as a threat to its spheres of influence. Thus, the language of Russian strategists includes phrases such as the “American cordon sanitaire” or (alternatively) the “Western Limitrophe”.
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September 7, 2020 - Jakub Bornio - Hot TopicsIssue 5 2020Magazine

A ceremonial welcome of protective gear (purchased, not granted) from China was organised at Warsaw airport in April. The arrival of the Ukrainian Antonov An-225 was greeted by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in a widely publicised symbolic ceremony. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister of Poland’s Flickr page (CC) https://www.flickr.com/photos/premierrp/

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