Documentary Screening: Tinderbox, Belt & Road: China in the Balkans

April 12, 2023 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Virtual Event

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Understanding Chinese strategic investment in the Balkans.

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Chinese investment has poured into the Balkans, offering access to desperately needed development financing. But at what cost? The conditions around the funds have raised concerns related to democracy, corruption, labor standards, and debt. Why are European countries turning to China? And what does it mean for the continent’s future? From the copper mines in eastern Serbia to Montenegro’s billion-dollar highway to nowhere, this Bertelsmann Foundation film goes to the frontlines of China’s economic advancements in Europe.


Samuel George, “Tinderbox” Director, Bertelsmann Foundation  

Ana Krstinovska,President and Founder, ESTIMA 

Konstantinos Tsimonis, Lecturer in Chinese Society, King’s College London  

Stefan VladisavljevProgram Coordinator, Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society

Moderated by: 

 Anthony Silberfeld, Director, Transatlantic Relations, Bertelsmann Foundation  


This event is hosted in partnership with the Bertelsmann Foundation. 

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