This policy paper by Runya T. Qiaoan analyses the Chinese media reporting on the Czech Republic. The first section offers a comprehensive qualitative analysis of the recent Chinese media reaction to the Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the Czech Republic. The second part looks at the position of the Czech Republic in the Chinese media when compared quantitatively in time and with other Visegrad countries and Western European countries.It is argued that due to the extensive and positive coverage of the visit in the Chinese media,the Czech Republic has become the leader in the Central Europe from the media perspective.However, compared to the major Western European countries such as Germany, France, or the UK, the Czech Republic still lags significantly behind when it comes to the amount of coverage in the Chinese media.
Runya T. Qiaoan is a CEIAS research fellow and a researcher at Palacký University in Olomouc, as well as at Mendel University in Brno. Runya’s ongoing project focuses on the interaction between Chinese grassroots organizations and the state.