Eastern Europe has a few different superpowers that are interested in courting it for their own political reasons. In fact, it seems as if the countries of Eastern Europe have become a favorite political pawn between the East and the West of the world as it were. Most of that game has been played between Russia and the United States, but no one should ignore the influence of China in the region at this critical moment.
The investments that China has made in Eastern Europe are small in comparison to what South Korea and Japan put into the region, but China has placed its investments into very specifically political causes within Eastern Europe. They definitely have a strategy when it comes to where their money is going.
Two Chinese government-owned banks have entered into the markets in the Czech Republic, and the government has become a major shareholder in a Czech airline as well. Basically, China is taking steps to shore up its economic and political power in the region slowly but surely.
There have been a number of official state visits by high-ranking Chinese officials in recent years says the Financial Times. Still, a lot of this has gone without notice as so much of the attention to this issue has been focused on what Russia is doing in Eastern Europe. Both developments certainly deserve our full attention, and both will certainly have impacts for some time to come on the power structure in Eastern Europe and the rest of the world.