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'Head of the dragon’ or ‘Trojan Horse’?: reassessing China-Greece relations

Stroikos, Dimitrios (2022) 'Head of the dragon’ or ‘Trojan Horse’?: reassessing China-Greece relations. Journal of Contemporary China. ISSN 1067-0564

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10670564.2022.2067743


China’s meteoric economic rise has precipitated a debate about its increasing importance in Europe through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In this context, for some observers, Greece serves as an illustration of how China is also translating its economic power into actual political influence over small EU states to Brussels’ disadvantage. This article challenges such simplistic and state-centric views by considering the role of contingent and domestic factors and the wider strategic environment in which Sino-Greek relations have unfolded. It also highlights the agency of influential actors at the more micro-level of analysis. It argues that although China has achieved some limited political gains, the relationship remains mainly economics-driven at a time when Greece is strengthening strategic ties with its traditional allies.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 13:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 17:09

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