Serbia's Back-Door Bid To Embed Chinese Snooping Tools In Kosovo
Stefan Vladisavljev of the Belgrade Security Forum recently noted U.S. and EU pressure in the Western Balkans to limit China's high-tech presence there. In comments this week to RFE/RL, Vladisavljev said he thought the Dahua deal did not mark a major Chinese inroad but rather a small public procurement that highlights the messy state of affairs in which Pristina does not exert authority over Serb-dominated regions of Kosovo. "If, let's say, the city of Pristina comes out tomorrow and says, 'We are implementing a "safe cities" project with the partnership of Huawei despite us aligning with the Clean Network initiative,' then I would see it as a direct confrontation with the interests of some other actors like the European Union or the United States," Vladisavljev said. "But in this specific and limited case, I'm not really seeing it as something that should be put in the grand scale of things, because I really think it is an exception, an interesting case but not as significant as maybe other examples [of adopting Chinese technology] in the region are."