Influence of foreign, authoritarian regimes is increasingly a hot topic
in EU. V4 is no different from the rest of the EU in this regard. However, most
of the attention was so far focused on Russia.
With few exceptions, China and its influence has been so far largely
ignored in the V4, despite the fact that analysts around the world predict that
China is on a path to become the most powerful country in the world. With this
project, we aim at mapping the ideas and perceptions the V4 political elites
have about China, how they are formed (by what factors), and whether they
perceive China as a threat or an opportunity.
This is is a whole new avenue of China related research, that has so far
not been done in the V4. Most research that has been done so far in V4 on China
has dealt with the specifics of the relations between China and the individual
V4 countries (such as tracking individual investment projects). Political
influence of China in the regions has been mostly neglected though.
The only contribution to understanding political influence and
perception of China in the V4 has been done by the consortium partners in this
very project through the ChinfluenCE project, which has analyzed the media
image of China in V4 and economic influence in V4. The presented project
proposal is a natural extension of the past research endeavors of the
Moreover, the project will contribute to bringing transparency into the
realm of the foreign policymaking, which has so far been lacking when it came
to formulating the interests of V4 countries towards China.
Planned project activities include:
Publication dealing with the perception of China in the V4 countries.
A conference/expert roundtable in Bratislava aimed at promoting the results of the research conducted within the project.
Two blogposts per project partner presenting the most interesting and most significant findings of the research.