Date: 10 February 2022
China’s activities in the V4 region – debate on the history and prospects of relations
On Tuesday, February 8, another debate took place, organized by the Warsaw Institute in partnership with the Visegrad Fund. The subject of the program was the activities of the People’s Republic of China in the region of Central European countries. The speakers presented the historical outline of relations between China and the V4 countries and assessed their future perspectives.
Three experts and a representative of the Warsaw Institute took part in the debate. Public Relations Director Liliana Śmiech invited representatives of the leading geopolitical think tanks in the V4 region to participate in an interview. They were: David Plášek (European Values), Matej Šimalčík (Central European Institute of Asian Studies) and Łukasz Kobierski (Institute of New Europe).
During the program, experts discussed the current relations of the V4 countries with the People’s Republic of China. The invited guests also indicated the most important areas in which Chinese influence in the region is the greatest. The recording also referred to the “race of powers” between the United States and China and its influence on the political direction of Central European countries. The experts referred to the different perspectives of the countries they represent, pointing out that the V4 countries’ relations with China also largely depend on agreements concluded within the European Union.
Experts representing Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia also presented the attitude of local communities of their countries to the People’s Republic of China and their perception through the prism of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also presented the specificity of Chinese investments in the V4 countries, describing the competition of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary on the Chinese market.
The entire recording is available on our You Tube.
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