The Dragon Roars, The V4 Shakes

The silence in Central Europe over China's growing influence in the region is troubling

27 March 2019

Galan Dall interviewed Ivana Karásková about the new report from her initiative, ChinfluenCE, an international project mapping China’s influence in Central Europe through media content and complex analyses of key agenda setters, revealing e.g. links between Czech political and economic elites and the pro-China lobby.

Scroll down for a link to the whole ChinfuenCE report. 

 

Your new report highlights how the parliaments in the region (CZ and HU) have changed their references to China over the past three decades. Have you seen any differences in the region (through a country comparison or over time) and what might account for those variations?

There has been a clear difference between the Czech and the Hungarian parliament. The former essentially started in 1990s as being predominantly skeptical towards China, and went through a phase of more positive tendencies surrounding the promises of sizable Chinese investment, to the current situation when China is increasingly regarded as a threat.

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Ivana Karásková

An in-house China Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs, a prominent Prague-based foreign policy think tank and NGO, since 2007. In 2017, she founded ChinfluenCE, an international project mapping China’s influence in Central Europe.

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