A decade ago, China entered the region of Central and Eastern Europe and established the so-called ‘16+1 format’. The arrival of the new power was initially met with enthusiasm from the local political and economic elites, who perceived China as an economic alternative to western markets. However, the expectations have not fully materialized. There is increasing concern with the lack of tangible results, while counterintelligence services in CEE countries warn of China’s growing influence on domestic politics.
The talk will focus on the changing perception and narratives in connection to China in Central and Eastern Europe and the future of the ’16+1′ format.
Our speaker: Ivana Karásková is a Project Lead and China Analyst at Association for International Affairs (AMO), a Prague-based think tank and a non-governmental organization, where she founded and has been coordinating two international projects on China. Ivana holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and other university degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication, European Studies and International Relations. Her research includes conceptualization of China’s influence, China’s propaganda and disinformation, state and societal resilience, technology transfers to China and EU-China relations.