“The Good Friends of China” — How does China Sway Other Countries?

From rather clumsy beginnings the Chinese government has become very skilful in the way it exerts influence on the policy making process of the countries it deals with. It uses not only a wide variety of means but also recruits civilian actors like students,...

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To sell or not to sell – Why does China want to acquire ports worldwide?

China’s port and shipping industry is expanding rapidly. Beijing now has investments in more than 100 harbors in 63 countries. And it wants to buy even more, extending its global dominance in shipping. But not every acquisition is easy. In the autumn of 2022,...

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Mysterious Business People – A struggle for influence in the Blue Pacific

Two Chinese nationals show up in the Marshall Islands to implement a grandiose plan: A special economic zone on an atoll of the poor Pacific island nation. But soon the dream of the free trade zone turns into a political scandal – in its...

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