Piotr Koscinski: Beijing's interest in Central Europe region is high. But there are also some tensions in Polish-Chinese relations

Piotr Koscinski: Beijing's interest in Central Europe region is high. But there are also some tensions in Polish-Chinese relations


An exclusive interview of Mr Piotr Kościński PhD, Vistula University, Warsaw

In early October, the regular Warsaw Security Forum will be held. What new can You expect from this authoritative event?

The upcoming edition of WSF like in previous years will focus on fundamental challenges to be addressed by NATO, the European Union and Eastern Partnership. The scope of topics will encompass international relations and cooperation between states as well as issues putting pressure on security in cyber, energy and economical spheres. The discussion is also about Russian Federation’s revisionist policies, One Belt One Road initiative, disinformation actions (so-called Fake News) and different military aspects. We can expect the arrival of significant guests. WSF is organised by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation.

Recently, US Presidential National Security Advisor John Bolton expressed his concern to their interlocutors in Warsaw, some other Eastern European capitals, with their cooperation with China. How do You feel about this problem?

US is locked in a trade war with China and worried about Beijing's expanding global influence. t is not surprising then that the US wants to limit Chinese influence in Central Europe. And Beijing's interest in this region is high. But there are also some tensions in Polish-Chinese relations. A Chinese former Huawei executive was arrested in Poland in January on spying allegations. He has said he is innocent.And Polish President Andrzej Duda told Reuters last month that he was opposed to investment by Beijing in strategic infrastructure, including seaports and airports. Anyhow, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz, during a recent visit to Warsaw by the Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councellor Wang Yi, said, that Poland is “open to Chinese investments, especially greenfields, in the manufacturing and innovative sectors".

As you know, soon parliamentary and next year presidential elections will be held in Poland. Can we expect a certain adjustment in Warsaw's foreign policy?

For now, before the election, it is difficult to predict anything. Although recent polls indicate that the parliamentary elections will be won by the ruling Law and Justice party, but it is not 100% certainty. Similarly in the case of presidential elections, currently President Andrzej Duda has the best chance, but there is still a lot of time. For today, the most probable is that there will be no major changes in Polish foreign policy.


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