Tag: #Czechia

United Front Reaches Central Europe? Chinese Diaspora during COVID-19

Central Europe is home to a small Chinese community that rarely makes headlines. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, diaspora activities in the region stand at the forefront of China’s “mask diplomacy”. 

Voice for CHOICE Podcast: Talking Czech-Taiwan Relations with Ivana Karásková

While the initial storm over Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil's visit to Taiwan has quieted, there remains concern over the promises of retribution against the Czech Republic made by prominent Chinese diplomats. As Taiwanese...

Transatlantic Roundtable: Connecting American China-Watchers to their CEE Counterparts

Concerns over China’s increasing influence are growing across the west, from the Sino-American ‘trade war’ to the infiltration of European Universities. Wariness is particularly warranted in Central and Eastern Europe as the Belt and Road and the...

China’s Sticks and Carrots in Central Europe: The Logic and Power of Chinese Influence

A new comparative study of the MapInfluenCE project has revealed that China has been using a targeted mix of ‘carrots’ and 'sticks' to increase its influence in Central European countries. Findings reveal that China does not use a...

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....

China’s Confrontational Diplomacy in the ‘New Era’

On March 12, 2020, a new spokesperson of China’s ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) Zhao Lijian floated an idea on his Twitter account that the new coronavirus, which first started spreading in Wuhan, could have been brought...

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

When the Prague City Council approved a sister city agreement with Taiwan in January 2020, Shanghai responded by canceling its own partnership with Prague, which was established back in 2017. The cancellation came after a similar agreement with Beijing...