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March 2020


March 30, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
American Centre, Tržiště 366
Prague, Czech Republic
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Various activities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have led to heightened concerns about threats to national security in various parts of the world. Covert and overt overseas attempts to increase China’s influence have intensified under Xi Jinping's leadership. While there is growing evidence of attempts of the PRC to influence the internal affairs of other countries in economic, political and societal domains, it is typically harder to assess and measure influence effects. What are the implications of China’s…

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October 2020

China’s Disinformation Campaigns in the Nordic Countries: Lessons from Central Europe

October 2, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, China pursued wide-ranging disinformation campaigns in Europe aimed at shifting the narrative from being depicted as the country of origin for the coronavirus crisis, to a savior in response to the pandemic. The so-called ‘mask diplomacy’, later criticized as a poorly masked “charm offensive”, utilized social media campaigns to criticize specific countries’ poor handling of the pandemic and peddled a good degree of misinformation in pursuit of their desired image. CHOICE founder Ivana Káráskova will be…

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Oxford Debate: Will Europe Choose the U.S. Over China?

October 6, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

U.S.-China relations are as tense as ever and the middle ground continues to disappear. The ongoing pandemic has just been another opportunity for the two superpowers to display their dismay with each other, adding to disputes over trade, technology, security at the expense of journalists, academics, entrepreneurs and many more, not least third countries under pressure from both sides. In this conflict, will Europe align with its traditional ally across the Atlantic to defend "Western values"? Or will it carve…

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Partner czy rywal? Współpraca Polski z Chinami w perspektywie politycznej i gospodarczej: bezpłatny webinar

October 29, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

CHOICE network contributor Alicja Bachulska will be leading an upcoming online conference on the current state of Poland-China relations alongside Dr. Katarzyna Golik, assistant professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences. The webinar is aimed at representatives of the Polish public sector, but registration is open to all interested parties, including entrepreneurs, translators, students and others, free of cost. The event will be conducted in Polish language on Thursday, October 29 at 10 am CET. Registration is available here.

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January 2021

Telling China’s story well – Beijing’s attempts to reign into media in Africa and Europe

January 28 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that media in democratic countries play a critical role in knowledge and awareness building, as they serve as the principle means of communication between governments and citizens. Yet it is also during a crisis that authoritarian regimes can use the same channels of communication to influence narratives, spread disinformation and contribute to panic or social unrest in other countries. China recognizes the value of controlling foreign media as tools to foster a positive image of…

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February 2021

V4-China relations in the 2020s: Opportunities and Challenges

February 23 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The ‘YCW Europe – V4 Series’ aims to give voice to the often overlooked Visegrád 4 countries in the discussion around China in Europe, and China’s influence more broadly in the Central Eastern European region. Despite often portrayed as China’s entry point to the EU, the four countries themselves have each faced a varied experience with Beijing, which is often misunderstood globally. The double aim of this series of panel discussions is to provide an opportunity for the broader audience to…

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March 2021

China, Taiwan and the West

March 10 | 9:30 am - 10:45 am

A discussion organized by the Institute for National Policy Research (Taiwan) and Political Capital (Hungary) The emergence of the People’s Republic of China as a global player have brought new realities for not just the future of the Republic of China (Taiwan) but it has also posed a challenge of rivalry for the Transatlantic community. With the proposed event, we are aiming for providing our audience with a valuable insight into the geopolitical context and environment of Taiwan’s international relations…

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Interdependencies and Dependencies: China – Eastern Europe – European Union

March 26 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

China's rise to world power is also evident in Eurasia: In Central Asia, China is the strongest economic power. China has a “strategic partnership” with Russia, based on trade in raw materials and industrial goods. In East Central Europe, the Chinese act as investors in infrastructure and production. All of this offers opportunities for development, integration and building trust. However, China also pursues political interests. Beijing and Moscow are united in their rejection of universal values ​​such as human rights and the “liberal” world order. This…

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May 2021

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

May 25 | 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…

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October 2021

The Making of a Next-Generation China Scholar

October 19 | 6:00 pm

As a part of our Future CHOICE, we are launching a series of mentoring sessions aimed at the development of young promising China experts’ soft skills. The introductory mentoring session is going to be devoted to the future of China studies, especially concerning the obstacles that China researchers are likely to face in the upcoming years. With China becoming increasingly insular even while the need to understand the country keeps growing, the research of China is entering a new, uncertain…

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