ChinaJanuary 16 2023, 11:29 am

China’s Influence Operations Doing Poorly in Central and Eastern Europe

In an arti­cle titled “China’s Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Fall Flat in Cen­tral and East­ern Europe,” Coun­cil on For­eign Rela­tions schol­ar Joshua Kurlantz­ick argues that Chi­na has seen its soft pow­er in Cen­tral and East­ern Europe decline dur­ing the past three years. The fol­low­ing is a Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) sum­ma­ry of the article:

Bei­jing has increased its efforts to wield author­i­ty with­in oth­er coun­tries, includ­ing many lib­er­al democ­ra­cies, despite Chi­na’s pro­claimed non-inter­fer­ence for­eign pol­i­cy norm. This has been accom­plished through a vari­ety of meth­ods, such as for­mal diplo­ma­cy, pub­lic mes­sage, lever­ag­ing ties with local media, bla­tant bribery of offi­cials, eco­nom­ic aid, and coer­cion. Cen­tral and East­ern Europe (CEE) has been a promi­nent tar­get for Chi­na’s influ­ence oper­a­tions over the past decade. Bei­jing’s good rela­tions with sev­er­al CEE gov­ern­ments dat­ed back to the Cold War, and the major­i­ty of these nations had pre­vi­ous­ly tak­en a neu­tral stance on the devel­op­ing com­pe­ti­tion between the Unit­ed States and Chi­na. Bei­jing has nur­tured influ­en­tial politi­cians in the region, such as the prime min­is­ter of Hun­gary, Vik­tor Orban, and strength­ened links with region­al media through train­ing pro­grams for jour­nal­ists and con­tent-shar­ing agree­ments with Chi­nese state media. dy begun to turn sig­nif­i­cant­ly neg­a­tive in many Euro­pean nations, includ­ing the CEE.

Read the full arti­cle here (free reg­is­tra­tion required)

GIOR report­ed in August 2022 on a US Army study that found Latin Amer­i­can views on Chi­na were becom­ing more neg­a­tive despite its lever­ag­ing of soft pow­er instruments.



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