Patryk Szczotka

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Patryk Szczotka is a graduate of Far Eastern philology with a Chinese specialization at the University of Wrocław and a double degree MSc student at China and International Relations programme at Aalborg Universitet and the University of International Relations (国际 关系 学院) in Beijing. He is a member of the Institute of New Europe and Asia-Pacific Regional Group in the Polish Forum of Young Diplomats. His research interests include political and economic relations between the EU and the PRC and diplomacy.

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