Influence grows: China "recaptures" the Balkans from Russia


Despite substantial Russian medical assistance to Serbia at the height of the coronavirus infection, China is gaining a more powerful PR effect from its actions in the Balkan Peninsula, which is helping it recapture the region from Moscow. The head of the Fund for Progressive policy and the founder of the Balkanist.ru project Oleg Bondarenko in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.


China has long been competing with Russia for the Balkan markets. In 2018, the Chinese company Zijin Mining Group became the owner of the largest European copper mine, Bor, while squeezing out Russian firms. After the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, it was the PRC that provided operational assistance to Serbia, again ahead of Russia, and the Chinese did this with great fanfare, using advertising billboards.

According to Bondarenko, Beijing is building such information campaigns "for the game in the long run", hoping to benefit from this in the future. Russia's more substantial assistance to the Serbs in the form of 12 Emergency Situations Ministry transport aircraft with equipment and special medical equipment was rendered less noticeably and did not receive such large-scale publicity.

China is trying to seize the initiative from Russia and in the introduction to the telecommunications market in Serbia. Thus, in September, a representative office of Huawei was opened in Belgrade, which will develop 5G systems for Serbian consumers of mobile and Internet services. The Chinese resource TikTok is very popular with local youth. At the same time, Russians complain that the Serbian market is, they say, too small for the media giants from Russia. It is possible that with such an approach, the Russian Federation will soon lose the Balkans in political and economic terms.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. 123 Online 123
    123 (123) 4 December 2020 18: 12
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    Thus, in September, a representative office of Huawei was opened in Belgrade, which will develop 5G systems for Serbian consumers of mobile and Internet services.

    Vucic recently went to see Trump ...

    Belgrade and Pristina agreed not to allow “unreliable operators” to deploy 5G infrastructure on their territory (thus, the United States is trying to limit the opportunities for Chinese companies to develop business in the region, experts say)

    https://www.rbc.ru/politics/07/09/2020/5f55f9ca9a7947395e8cc6ef

    We will see how successfully cooperation with Chinese comrades is developing winked
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 4 December 2020 18: 43
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      Serbs in Serbia are less than the population in Moscow. Either they spin as they can, or they will be slammed with a slipper.
      1. 123 Online 123
        123 (123) 4 December 2020 19: 35
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        Serbs in Serbia are less than the population in Moscow. Either they spin as they can, or they will be slammed with a slipper.

        But am I against it? belay All people are adults, let them decide how to live. But fact is fact. The Americans and the Chinese will survive each other from there.
  2. but let us not eat nat, and for money do not nat!
  3. Dmitry Donskoy Offline Dmitry Donskoy
    Dmitry Donskoy (Dmitry Donskoy) 6 December 2020 15: 57
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    China is technology, money, goods, weapons, and this is what attracts.