China and the Balkans

Newsletter 1/17/2019: Putin’s Agenda Includes Greater Balkans. Putin Assassination Plot Foiled. Kolinda Visits Erdogan in Turkey. Ivanovic Assassination 1 Year Anniversary.

Newsletter 1/17/2019: Putin’s Agenda Includes Greater Balkans. Putin Assassination Plot Foiled. Kolinda Visits Erdogan in Turkey. Ivanovic Assassination 1 Year Anniversary.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WEEKEND READ: “Want to Cultivate a Liberal European Islam? Look to Bosnia.” by Riada Asimovic Akyol for The Atlantic:”When French President Emmanuel Macron said last summer that he would create a new “framework and rules” for Islamic institutions in France, he […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yuri KOCHETKOV

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Protests Paralyze Belgrade for Third Straight Week; Putin in Belgrade on January 17; Romania to Support Serbia During EU Presidency; Serbian HS Students Win Robotics Tournament in China; Train Crash in Serbia Kills Five

“Thousands of Serbians joined an antigovernment march in Belgrade on December 22. The opposition event was held for a third straight week. Protests were initially triggered by the November 23 assault against the opposition Serbian Left party leader Borko Stefanovic. The protesters are now demanding the resignation of […]

Dodik Praises ChinaPhoto: Vesna Andjic/RFERL

Dodik Praises China

“There is a great friendship, support and understanding between peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and China, Chairman of BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik told Xinhua in an exclusive interview here on Tuesday. The president spoke on the current project and agreements signed between BiH and China, highlighting the […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: EU Urges Serbia to Recognize Srebrenica Genocide; Vucic Wins Peace Award; WaPo: “China’s coal project in Serbia raises climate change worries”; Siemens to Start Manufacturing in Kragujevac

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: EU Urges Serbia to Recognize Srebrenica Genocide; Vucic Wins Peace Award; WaPo: “China’s coal project in Serbia raises climate change worries”; Siemens to Start Manufacturing in Kragujevac

“Serbia’s recognition of the Srebrenica genocide is a crucial step on the country’s path towards EU membership, the EU said on Thursday in its report on the EU candidate. Serbian officials have repeatedly been denying that what happened in Srebrenica during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war was an act of […]

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbia Looks to China and Russia for Support Over Kosovo; Defense Minister Says Army Ready to Help Kosovo Serbs; Opposition Politican Beaten at Rally; Vojvodina Marks 100 Years Since Joining Serbia; Gazprom Pipeline to Go Through SerbiaPhoto: Gazprom

Serbia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Serbia Looks to China and Russia for Support Over Kosovo; Defense Minister Says Army Ready to Help Kosovo Serbs; Opposition Politican Beaten at Rally; Vojvodina Marks 100 Years Since Joining Serbia; Gazprom Pipeline to Go Through Serbia

“Aleksandar Vucic and Ana Brnabic have asked China’s ambassador to tell the Chinese leadership that Serbia has never ‘never’ been in a more difficult situation. Chinese Ambassador Li Manchang responded to this on Friday on Belgrade by saying he will notify the president of China about this in […]

Serbia to Buy Chinese DronesPhoto: Tanjug/Politika

Serbia to Buy Chinese Drones

“Serbia will buy 30 million Dollars worth of drones for its military from China, President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters in Belgrade on Tuesday. ‘I believe we will get something more from China, something we’ll get and something we’ll pay for but I can confirm that only after I […]

Croatia Opens Tourism Office in ChinaPhoto: Vogue.com/Alamy

Croatia Opens Tourism Office in China

“The first office of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) in China was officially opened in Shanghai on Monday by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. ‘Our opening up to China, and to Chinese tourists… is a very important part of Croatia’s tourist promotion effort,’ Plenkovic said at the opening […]

Croatia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Croatian Prime Minister on Week-Long Visit to China; President Grabar-Kitarovic Says It’s Time to Find Dead from War; Croatian Population Continues to Decline; New Hilton Opens in Zagreb

Croatia WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Croatian Prime Minister on Week-Long Visit to China; President Grabar-Kitarovic Says It’s Time to Find Dead from War; Croatian Population Continues to Decline; New Hilton Opens in Zagreb

“Croatian Prime Minster Andrej Plenković is on a working visit to China which is intended to bolster political and economic relations between Croatia and the world’s second biggest economy. Yesterday he met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and had several meetings with the leaders of bigger Chinese […]

Croatia Boosts Border Protection Amid Migrant CrisisPhoto: International Business Times

Croatia Boosts Border Protection Amid Migrant Crisis

“Interior Minister Davor Božinović said the government would implement a decision made back in May, 2014, to erect roadblocks for vehicle traffic along border routes with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The government said the move was meant to stem the flow of illegal border crossings, improve of […]

BiH Presidency Elect Pens Open Letter to Croatian MEPsPhoto: Kickstarter

BiH Presidency Elect Pens Open Letter to Croatian MEPs

“Bosnia’s newly elected Croat Presidency member, Zeljko Komsic, sent an open letter to EU officials and institutions, responding to Croatian MEPs who sent a number of letters to EU in which they, as he said, ‘had stated a number of untruths regarding the election process in Bosnia and […]