In September and October 2020, the Sinophone Borderlands project at Palacký University Olomouc conducted a wide-scale survey of public opinion on China in 13 European countries.
The polled countries include: Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Here, we present the basic findings of the survey, which are a result of a joint analysis of the survey data by CEIAS and Sinophone Borderlands.
A primary outcome of the analysis is a comparative report where opinions about China, its position on the global stage vis-a-vis other powers, and its actions during the COVID-19 pandemic are compared among the 13 polled countries.
This will be followed up by country-level reports, which look deeper into the data and take into account domestic polical situation as well. The country-level reports will be gradually released and posted on this site.
The reports were prepared in cooperation with partners from other European think-tanks and universities.
European public opinion on China in the age of COVID-19
Richard Q. Turcsányi is the program director of CEIAS. He studies international relations, economics, and political science at the Masaryk University in Brno. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Institute of Territorial Studies of the Mendel University in Brno where he teaches courses on current East Asia, geopolitics, and theories of International Relations. He is also a researcher at the Palacky University in Olomouc where he works on the research project Sinophone Borderlands. Between August 2014 and January 2015, he conducted research as a Taiwan Fellow at the National Chengchi University. In 2016 he was doing research at Peking University and Fudan University in China.
Matej Šimalčík’s research looks at China’s economic and political presence and influence in Central Europe, elite relations as well as the role of European legal instruments in dealing with China.
He has a background in law (Masaryk University) and international relations (University of Groningen).
Since April 2021, Matej is as a visiting EU China Policy Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). He is also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and a contributor to the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) and MapInfluenCE initiatives.
Previously, he was an in-house legal counsel at the Slovak branch of Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, where he focused on promoting transparency and countering corruption in the judiciary, legal tools for countering corruption (freedom of information laws, whistleblowing, etc.), and strategic litigation in public interest cases. He also practices law in Slovakia, where he focuses mostly on competition, compliance, and administrative litigation.
Kristína Kironská is a CEIAS Research Fellow. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Palacky University in Olomouc working on the project Sinophone Borderlands. She mostly focuses on Myanmar, human rights issues, and democratization.
Renáta Sedláková is a Senior Researcher at the Sinophone Borderland Project. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the Masaryk University in Brno in 2007. Between 2007 and 2019 she was Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies and Journalism at Palacký University Olomouc. Her research focus covers the social sciences methodology, media sociology, and cultural studies.