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Jelena Puzović, Ph.D., Head of the JVP Srbijavode Public Relations and International Cooperation Sector

Serbia Must Ensure the Conservation of the Precious Resource That is Water

Public Water Management Company Srbijavode engages in numerous activities aimed at overcoming the challenges brought by climate change – implementing projects to develop and...

Uroš Đorđević, Account Executive, Dell Technologies

Pioneer in the New Era of Digital Tech

Dell Technologies is a corporation that’s oriented towards technological innovation and keeps pace with technological trends in every sense, which includes AI Speaking in this...

Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Executive Director, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

The Rule of Law is Vital Ana

Partners Serbia is an organisation that’s dedicated to advancing the rule of law and developing civil society and institutions in Serbia and around the...

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D., Director and Owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Passion is Key to this Job

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D. is the director and owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic, which specialises in physical medicine, rehabilitation, mesotherapy, aesthetics and anti-aging treatments Our...

Maja Marić, Country Manager Operations, CPI Property Group

Retail Parks Remain Fashionable

A key part of the company culture at CPI Property Group Serbia, which forms part of a family firm that was founded in the...

Slobodan Popović,  Ph.D. Student At The Faculty Of Political Science And Researcher At The Centre For Asian Studies

3 In 1 Diplomacy

The people’s Republic of China pragmatically adapts to the situation of (in)action of the EU on the ground by legitimately lobbying and “infiltrating” its (geo)economic, (geo)political and security interests in the Western Balkans

The outbreak of the SARS – CoV – 2 virus pandemic prompted (ruling) representatives of the global governance system to redefine and then offer the international community an answer on the reclassification of actors in international relations. By obtaining the answer to this question, only then will we be in a far better position to see whether and in what way the structure of international relations is changing.

When it comes to the strategically important region of the Western Balkans, the new pandemic has revealed several facts about China’s foreign policy. First and foremost, China still takes the simultaneous position of a developing economy and a superpower that wants to ensure global development by offering economic, political and medical assistance to countries worldwide. Then, the People’s Republic vigilantly monitors and pragmatically adapts to the situation of (in)action of the EU on the ground, alongside creating parallel structures of relations and normative frameworks, it legitimately lobbies and “infiltrates” preexisting models and forms of relations between the Western Balkans and the rest of the world and other great powers with its own (geo)economic, (geo)political and security interests.

The people’s Republic of China, as the “+1”, creates an atmosphere that encourages the eu to act as a coherent whole and to bring about changes in relations and strategic actions, both towards these EU candidate countries and towards China’s global ambitions

Although Beijing insists that its diplomacy is free of such values, it nonetheless creates an atmosphere that will be conducive to China’s understanding of international norms, building upon existing fields of common interest and opening new ones, placing Chinese surpluses of steel, glass, labour and foreign currency reserves, and achieving win-win cooperation as a form of realising national goals, which was shown through the organising of the China + 17 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

On the other side, the People’s Republic of China, as the “+1”, implements such strategies in supplementing and shifting relations with the Western Balkan region as a whole and the countries that comprise it geographically and politically, while at the same time creating an atmosphere that encourages the EU to act as a coherent whole and to bring about changes in relations and strategic actions, both towards these EU candidate countries and towards China’s global ambitions. In the same context, the newly arisen situation impacts on the EU when it comes to being able to participate on different terms in the creation of a security architecture, political climate and economic flows in the Western Balkans. However, a question still remains as to whether the countries of the Western Balkans possess the required institutional capacity, developed civil society and diplomatic “ingenuity” to utilise development opportunities by harmonising the different and sometimes conflicting interests of the EU and China, as well as the interests of other powerful states present in this part of the world.

In the end, everyone bears responsibility for their own actions.

Slađana Prica, retired ambassador, member of the Forum for International Relations and honorary president of the UNA of Serbia

Diplomatic Response Overdue

The issue of the so-called ‘self-proclaimed’ Kosovo joining Europe’s oldest political organisation has long been an open question. Attempts have been made and lobbying...

Slobodan G. Markovich, Institute for European Studies and Faculty of Political Science

U.S. Elections More Critical for EU Future than EP Elections

While the EU’s right-wing parties are expected to make gains, these gains shouldn’t be expected to substantially alter the composition of the Parliament or...

Ivana Radić Milosavljević, Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences

Not all Right-Wing Parties are Likeminded

The outcome of the European Parliament election is unlikely to cause a dramatic shift in EU policy, particularly foreign policy, but it could hamper...

Rajko Petrović, Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies

The EU Idea is Stronger than the Outcome of Less Important Elections

The electorate’s shift to the right won’t change the nature and essence of the idea of the European Union, and thus neither will it...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Zoran Andjelković Ascends to Directorship of Serbian Post

Zoran Andjelković has been appointed as the new acting director of Pošta Srbije (Serbian Post), as announced in the...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Golubac Marks Milestone with Inauguration of Eastern Serbia’s First Wind Farm

In a significant development for Serbia's renewable energy sector, Golubac celebrated the grand opening of the "Krivača" wind farm,...

Conference “Thinking Green & Living Clean” Held

On Wednesday, 15 May, the "Thinking Green & Living Clean" conference took place at the Sava Center, marking the...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Launch of the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia

European business associations and bilateral chambers have established the Council of European Business Associations and Chambers in Serbia (CEBAC),...

EU Commissioner Várhelyi Visits Serbia to Discuss Deepening Integration and Regional Stability Efforts

In a pivotal meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér...

Ukraine’s First Lady Visits Serbia in Historic Diplomatic Move

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, arrived in Belgrade on Sunday, marking a historic visit as the first top Ukrainian...
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