Forget Communism. Two-century-long identity debate explains Czech stance towards China

Any noteworthy action in Czech foreign policy inevitably triggers a wave of analyses by Western pundits who find any way possible to explain the Czechs' motives by linking them to the historical experience of Communism and Soviet dominance....

Sister-City Relations and Identity Politics: The Case of Prague, Beijing, Taipei, and Shanghai

The article was published at The Diplomat. It is reposted here with the permission of the authors. When the Prague City Council approved a sister city agreement with Taiwan in January 2020, Shanghai responded...

Chinese investments in the Czech Republic: opportunity or threat?

Before 2015, the idea of China-Czech cooperation was a non-issue. Relations hung in a post-1989 fog of mutual disinterest and distrust, dominated by the Czech preference for prioritising Havelian anti-communism and human rights and engagement with Taiwan over contact with the People’s...

The Czech-Chinese Centre of Influence: How Chinese Embassy in Prague Secretly Funded Activities at...

Czech investigative reporters uncovered a troubling evidence of China’s influence inside Czech academia. The case revolves around the Czech-Chinese Centre at the prestigious Charles University in Prague. In September, the Centre hosted its 4th annual conference, where...
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Prague vs. Beijing: Estranged Sister Cities

Is the severing of sister city ties between Prague and Beijing a case of Chinese punishment or Czech politics? This article was originally published on The Diplomat and is republished with permission. Prague...

Czechia and China on a collision course

On September 9, the new Czech Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek (Czech Social Democratic Party, ČSSD) met with Zhang Jianmin, the Chinese ambassador to Prague, to debate Czech-Chinese cultural relations. While the issue of culture - if...

China’s Fight Against “Erroneous Opinions”

China has been trying to control narratives on the Hong Kong protests in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. The results have been mixed at best. On August 19, the Center against Terrorism and...

A Tale of a CEFC Acquisition in the Czech Republic

After the Chinese company CEFC made numerous acquisitions in the Czech Republic in 2016, it was widely assumed that the acquired companies would make a fresh start. The vision of cash influx and modernization of production somewhat...

Inside of China’s Current Hassle with the ‘Rogue’ Mayor of Prague

Last week, Prague found itself in a diplomatic row with Beijing. Chinese foreign ministry, through its spokesperson Geng Shuang, asked the Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib to "cease damaging the Czech-China relations.” The issue in question was...

Comparative Analysis of the Approach Towards China: V4 and One Belt One Road

China’s emergence over the last two decades as one of the world’s major economies has had a transformative impact on international economic relations. Its rise as a global economic power has shifted the geographical concentration of financial...

Images of China in Czech and Hungarian Parliaments

The policy paper represents the first and so far only study of the Czech and Hungarian parliamentary discourses on China of this complexity, depth and historical scale, covering period from 1993 (1990 respectively) till the end of 2018.
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