China actively promotes the idea that the world is a “community of common destiny,” and that China’s values can be shared by all. Now formally a partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Italy should have a more open discussion about what exactly those values are.
In recent years, Poland has been seen by some observers as a willing decoy for China as it seeks to wedge itself into Europe, and the arrest in January of a Huawei executive seemed like a change of heart. But were things ever so simple?
Echowall speaks to Italian scholar Ivan Franceschini about Italy’s hopes for deeper engagement with China, one year after he penned an open letter objecting to the enthusiastically pro-China remarks of the country’s new junior minister for economic development, Michele Geraci.
Thanks to a growing network of sites in Europe catering to Chinese demand for Communism-themed attractions, it is now possible to tour beyond China’s borders and never leave the Chinese political context. Welcome to the world of international red tourism.
If you hope to grasp the current affairs in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, it is imperative to return to their Communist pasts. A strange interplay has emerged between the Communism of former days and the right-wing populism of the present.