China is a newcomer to the region of Central and Eastern Europe and, unlike other traditional powers, its aims and activities have been neither covered nor properly understood.
The project China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) aims at filling this knowledge gap. It establishes an inclusive multinational forum of China watchers from the region of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), seeking to build a platform for open discussion, experience-sharing and independent analysis. The goal of CHOICE is to critically assess and analytically dissect the 17+1 cooperation format, Belt and Road Initiative and other China-led initiatives in the region.
The working model for CHOICE is network-based – we facilitate contact, serve as a primary source of information in English on China’s activities in the CEE countries and create synergies to support future projects. CHOICE online platform disseminates analyses, articles and op-eds of its members. Thus it promotes the voice of China scholars from the region of Central and Eastern Europe and helps in connecting them with other China-studying institutions, research bodies and individuals.
Project CHOICE was designed and has been coordinated by the Association for International Affairs (AMO) since July 2018. CHOICE has been supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.