U.S.-China & the World is an interview series investigating how the U.S.-China relationship impacts societies, economies, and policies around the globe. Through short interviews with local experts, this series takes a closer look at the countries and regions affected by and navigating through U.S.-China tensions—and ultimately, how the United States and China together can build a better future for the international community. 

As a NATO member and bordering country of the Russia-Ukraine war, Poland juggles the complex yet necessary social, political, and security factors. How does China impact Poland’s goals, and how will the United States respond to Chinese involvement in the region? On September 13, 2023, Alijca Bachulska joined the National Committee and dove into the concerns and desires of Poland.  


Alijca Bachulska

Alicja Bachulska is a Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, based in ECFR’s Warsaw office, and a Research Fellow at China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE). Prior to joining ECFR, she worked for over six years as a China analyst at the Asia Research Centre, a think-tank based at the War Studies University in Warsaw. She was part of MapInfluenCE, an international project researching Chinese and Russian influence in the V4 region. She was also a Futures Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin. She cooperated with other think-tanks and organisations, such as Freedom House, Centre for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), and Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS). 

Bachulska holds a PhD from the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR), Polish Academy of Sciences. She graduated from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a BA degree in Chinese and Development Studies and completed a Master’s Degree in International Politics (Chinese Politics and Diplomacy) at Fudan University, Shanghai.