The Corvinus University of Budapest and the Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies cordially invite you to an international conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening Policy of China.
Our internationally renowned speakers will cover topics like the economic transformation of China, the Belt and Road Initiative, EU-China relations and 16+1 relations.
Please note, that the number of seats is limited, and registration on the following link is requested!
Date: 26 October, 8:30-17:00
Venue: Faculty Club of the Corvinus University (at the South entrance of the main building)
Guest of Honour:
H.E. Duan Jielong, Ambassador of the PRC in Budapest
Csaba Wolf, Deloitte
Ágnes Szunomár, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
David Morris, Corvinus University
Qiaoan Runya, Mendel University
Richard Turcsanyi, Institute of Asian Studies
Song Xinning, Renmin University
Anastas Vangeli, Macedonia
H.E. Sándor Kusai, former Hungarian ambassador to Beijing
Ma Junchi, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Gu Hongfei, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Tamás Matura, Corvinus University of Budapest
Reform and Opening 40
Chinese influence in V4: Understanding the impact on political elites
The Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies is a proud member of an international research cooperation, supported by the International Visegrad Fund.
Influence of foreign, authoritarian regimes is increasingly a hot topic in EU. V4 is no different from the rest of the EU in this regard. However, most of the attention was so far focused on Russia.
With few exceptions, China and its influence has been so far largely ignored in the V4, despite the fact that analysts around the world predict that China is on a path to become the most powerful country in the world. With this project, we aim at mapping the ideas and perceptions the V4 political elites have about China, how they are formed (by what factors), and whether they perceive China as a threat or an opportunity.
This is is a whole new avenue of China related research, that has so far not been done in the V4. Most research that has been done so far in V4 on China has dealt with the specifics of the relations between China and the individual V4 countries (such as tracking individual investment projects). Political influence of China in the regions has been mostly neglected though.
The only contribution to understanding political influence and perception of China in the V4 has been done by the consortium partners in this very project through the ChinfluenCE project, which has analyzed the media image of China in V4 and economic influence in V4. The presented project proposal is a natural extension of the past research endeavors of the consortium partners.
Moreover, the project will contribute to bringing transparency into the realm of the foreign policymaking, which has so far been lacking when it came to formulating the interests of V4 countries towards China.
Planned project activities include:
Publication dealing with the perception of China in the V4 countries.
A conference/expert roundtable in Bratislava aimed at promoting the results of the research conducted within the project.
Two blogposts per project partner presenting the most interesting and most significant findings of the research.
Slovakia: Institute of Asian Studies
Czechia: Association for International Affairs
Poland: Centre for International Relations
Hungary: Central and Eastern European Center for Asian Studies
This project is financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund
CEECAS is proud to be part of the project ChinfluenCE, launched by AMO in Prague. The project aims at mapping Chinese political and economic influence in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Currently, the geopolitical importance of Central Europe reflects dominant security issues such as migration and reactions thereto, or the European Union’s relations to Russia. However, recently the region has become increasingly attractive to Chinese investors, often with direct links to the Chinese state.
Quo Vadis 16+1?
Having spent eight years in the China-CEE framework, European members of the initiative may raise the questions: how shall we proceed with the cooperation? Is the 16+1 successful? What future does the initiative have?
In the following short comments, some of the most well-known experts of the 16+1 address these questions and shed some light on the challenges and opportunities both China and its CEE partners have to face.
CEECAS is proud to be part of the second phase of project ChinfluenCE, launched by AMO in Prague. The project aims at mapping the parliamentary discourse on China in the Czech and Hungarian national assemblies. Please, find below our policy report on the findings of the project, and the report of the first phase of the project on the image of China in CEE media.