The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German think tank, has published a report examining China’s influence in the Western Balkans, arguing that China’s economic investments in the region are also aimed at promoting its anti-Western value model. According to the KAS report’s executive summary:
October 2021 The Western Balkans region is of geostrategic importance. Some of the countries are already official candidates for EU membership and / or NATO members. However, the slowed pace of EU enlargement is causing many societies to stagnate or the elites to open up to other geopolitical and economic policy options. China has significantly intensified its involvement in the region and wants to integrate the region into its Silk Road initiative. However, the long-term Chinese strategy is not only aimed at expanding its economic strength, but also at promoting its value model in contrast to the West. China benefits from the fact that many of the countries are very open to supposedly unconditional investments in their own infrastructure or that political systems exist in which lack of transparency and susceptibility to corruption unfortunately play a major role. [Translated with Google Translate]
Read the full report here.