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Careful or Careless? Debating Chinese Investment and 5G Technology in Central Europe

May 25, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

China is no longer a complete newcomer in Central Europe and it has become a fixture of national debates in all the V4 states in recent years. The MapInfluenCE project has previously undertaken a first-of-a-kind research on China’s image in Central European media landscape. Now, in a brand-new study, the international team of analysts has zoomed in on the two issues that have colored the debates on China’s presence in the region in recent years — Chinese foreign direct investment and the issue of involvement of Chinese vendors in 5G build-up.

What are the main features of the media coverage in Czechia, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia on these issues? Who are the main agenda setters? Are the discussions mainly influenced by domestic developments or international trends? What do the results tell us about the changing perception of China?

Tune in for a discussion with members of the MapInfluenCE team on May 25, 16-17.30 CET to find out an answer to these and many more issues related to China’s presence in Central Europe.


  • Ivana Karásková, Founder and Leader of MapInfluenCE, China Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague & European China Policy Fellow at MERICS, Berlin
  • Alicja Bachulska, MapInfluenCE China Analyst in Poland, China Analyst at Asia Research Centre, Warsaw War Univerisity
  • Tamás Matura, MapInfluenCE China Analyst in Hungary, President of CEECAS, Budapest
  • Matej Šimalčík, MapInfluenCE China analyst in Slovakia, Executive Director of CEIAS, Bratislava & European China Policy Fellow at MERICS, Berlin

The event will be moderated by Justyna Szczudlik, Deputy Head of Research, Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and China analyst at the Polish Institute of International Relations (PISM).

The event will be streamed on Association for International Affairs (AMO) Facebook page.


May 25, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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