Yurii Poita, Head of the Asian Section at the New Geopolitics Research Network analyzes new trends in Ukrainian-Chinese relations and comes to the conclusion that China, despite declarations of strategic partnership, periodically takes steps that contain risks and even threats to Ukraine.
One of the latest cases was the publication in the Chinese newspaper Global Times of an article in which it was required in an ultimatum to hand over the Ukrainian company Motor Sich to China. Otherwise, “Ukraine’s politicization of normal commercial cooperation would also deal a fresh blow to its already ailing domestic economy”, under the condition of Ukraine’s “extremely complicated geopolitical environment.”
Yurii Poita comes to the conclusion that China will continue unfriendly actions towards Ukraine, and therefore Kyiv needs to take a set of measures to reduce their influence.
He proposes to conduct a comprehensive assessment of risks from China, among which he points out: attempts to establish control over Ukrainian strategic enterprises and take possession of sensitive military technologies; technological expansion into critical sectors of Ukraine, such as nuclear energy, IT, cybersecurity; attempts to create a critical dependence on the Chinese market, finance and technology; the formation of a pro-Chinese lobby in the political, academic and expert environment, etc.
Yurii Poita suggests the adoption of a law on screening foreign investments, which would exclude the possibility of repeating the Motor Sich case; diversification of sales markets for Ukrainian products; the suspension of the activities of the “Ukrainian-Chinese high-tech centers”, as it turned out, is a cover for the Chinese special services to obtain classified information in Ukraine; reducing the effectiveness of the tools of the Chinese information and ideological influence.
He also talks about the need to find a consensus on China between the Ukrainian authorities and think tanks through a broad dialogue.
The full article is available here (in Ukrainian).