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C3S Issue Brief IX: China’s Balkan Chessboard; By Balasubramanian C

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

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Issue Brief: 09/2021

C3S launches its Issue Brief initiative. An issue brief is a summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarises the issue giving clear, concise, and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.

Issue Briefs are available for download as PDFs.


The Balkan Region has been a region of considerable economic, political, and geostrategic significance for the great powers like the US, formerly USSR (Now Russian Federation), and now China. China’s influence in the Balkan Region continues to grow rapidly due to its geostrategic location between the East and the West. The geo-economic considerations have made this region a focus for China to extend the Belt and Road Initiative in Europe. As China’strade policies are intrinsically aligned with its foreign policy objectives, this places China ahead of the race compared with other major powers like the US and Russia. Strategic ambitions place the Balkan region in a state of neo-colonies where major powers are contesting for increased political, economic, social, and cultural influence.

Keywords: China, Balkan, Geo-economics, trade, Neo-colonies, BRI, Europe

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About the Author

(Balasubramanian C is a Research Officer at the Chennai Centre for China Studies.  His areas of interest include Sino –Russia Relations, Indian Ocean Region, Geo-economics, Security, and Strategic Studies. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and does not reflect the views of C3S)

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