Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova is a political scientist, China scholar, head of the Political Science Ph.D. program and China Studies Centre at Riga Stradins University, head of the Asia program at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the China in Europe Research Network (CHERN) and the European Think Tank Network on China (ETNC). Since defending her doctoral dissertation on traditional Chinese discourse, she has held a Senior Visiting Research Scholar position at the Fudan University School of Philosophy, Shanghai, and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar position at the Center for East Asia Studies at Stanford University. Bērziņa-Čerenkova is a European China Policy Fellow at MERICS and an affiliate of the Lau Institute at King’s College, London.

Bērziņa-Čerenkova publishes on People’s Republic of China political discourse, contemporary Chinese ideology, EU-China relations, Russia-China, and BRI. Her most recent monograph is “Perfect Imbalance: China and Russia” (World Scientific, 2022).

Last Updated: April 13, 2022



The Future According to Xi and Putin

Maria Repnikova, Evan Medeiros & more
On May 16 and 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a state visit to China, where he met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Xi has stood closely by Putin’s side since their announcement of the “no limits” partnership, and this does not look likely...



What Does It Really Mean for Europe to ‘De-Risk’ Its Relationship with China?

Thomas König, Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova & more from Mercator Institute for China Studies
At the core of many EU Commission and member states’ recent discussions of China is the concept of “de-risking.” Distinct from “decoupling,” the concept focuses on mitigating risks and limiting strategic dependencies in Europe’s relationship with...



As Macron Arrives in Beijing, What’s Next for Europe and China?

Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Frans-Paul van der Putten & more
One year after the EU-China Summit of April 2022—famously described as a “dialogue of the deaf” by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell—relations between Europe and China remain tense and further complicated by China’s ongoing stance towards Russia...



Europe’s China Policy Has Taken a Sharp Turn. Where Will It Go Next?

Rogier Creemers, Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova & more
In their first such meeting in nearly two years, representatives of the European Union and Chinese government met on April 1 for a virtual summit. The conversations took place against the backdrop of not only unprecedented unity among the members of...