China's 'Silky Involvement' in the Eastern Mediterranean: A geopolitical upper hand for Greece and Cyprus?

Kahveci-Ozgur H., Duan J.

JOURNAL OF BALKAN AND NEAR EASTERN STUDIES, vol.25, no.1, pp.65-81, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier


The paper argues that Chinese involvement in the Eastern Mediterranean is primarily motivated by increasing the country's economic role within the region through Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The paper uses case study analysis methodology dwelling on the evolution and content of Chinese involvement in Greece and Cyprus. Primarily focusing of the nature of the Chinese investments in strategic sectors of the two cases in question the role that that China plays in Eastern Mediterranean is described as a 'silky involvement'. China's policy choices are also perceived to be an opportunity for Greece and Cyprus to combat the negative effects of 2007-2008 economic crises and to increase their geopolitical stronghold in the post-Cold War geopolitical environment of the Eastern Mediterranean.