Worsening European Public Opinion on China and Implications for Asia
REGIONAL STRATEGIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
The Sinophone Borderlands survey (www.sinofon.cz/surveys) of public opinion in 13 European countries on a research sample of almost 20 thousand respondents is the most comprehensive and detailed survey available on European public attitudes towards China and related issues. The summary of the most important findings will be presented comparing how the public in 13 European countries perceive China and various China-related issues (e.g. trade, investments, human rights, 5G technology, Covid-19 and others), what foreign policy alignments they favour, and what policy on China they support. The findings indicate that China’s confrontational diplomacy, including during the Covid-19 pandemic, declining human rights situation, and scepticism of economic exchanges contribute to the worsening image of China across Europe. Policy implications suggest that Europe might have more common ground in future to coordinate its dealings with China together with partners around the world, including in Asia.
About the Speaker
Richard Q. Turcsanyi is a Key Researcher at Palacky University Olomouc, Assistant Professor at Mendel University in Brno, and Program Director at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS.eu). He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and further degrees in economy and political science. He has conducted long-term research stays at the University of Toronto, Peking University, National Chengchi University in Taipei, and the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He is an author of Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea and has published a number of academic articles and opinion pieces on Chinese foreign policy and relations between China and (Central and Eastern) Europe. He is a member of various networks focusing on contemporary China and EU-China relations, including European Think Tank Network on China (ETNC), a COST action “China in Europe Research Network” (CHERN), or Chinese Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE).
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