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Central Europe and China: Economic and Political Relations - JMB088
Anglický název: Central Europe and China: Economic and Political Relations
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: letní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 14 / neurčen (14)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Václav Kopecký
Vyučující: Václav Kopecký
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Václav Kopecký (03.02.2020)
The aim of the course is to present the development of relations of Central European countries with China, with special emphasis on their economic and political aspects. With exception of increasing level of imports, up until the 2010s, the People’s Republic of China kept a relatively low-profile in the region. Similarly, with the exception of Germany, Central European countries had only a limited presence in China. This changed rapidly in early 2010s when PRC started to be proactive internationally and its presence in the region increased visibly (in terms of diplomatic relations, political and economic activities, influence, as well as the growing interest of companies in penetrating respective markets and politicians in China as such). The course tracks this development since the establishment of PRC in 1949 with a particular interest in the contemporary era. It analyses the development, aspires to give interpretations of the motivations of main actors and introduces the most important features of Central Europe – China Relations. It also asks students to critically assess the level and depth of those relations. Last but not least, the course uses the comparative perspective to show what CEE countries have in common in their relations with China and where they differentiate.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Václav Kopecký (03.02.2020)

* Understanding historical development of relations of Central European countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Germany) with PRC

* Being able to compare the current state of relations of CEE countries with China

* Getting a basic overview of China’s foreign policy activities and domestic developments which are affecting it

* Being able to understand the role of the Central European region for China and vice versa

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Václav Kopecký (03.02.2020)

The course is taught as a mixture of a lecture and a seminar. Students receive compulsory and recommended reading for each class and are encouraged to participate in the debate with the lecturer who introduces the main concepts in the lecture. Apart from that, up to three diplomatic simulations/discussions will take place during the semester. 

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Václav Kopecký (03.02.2020)

* Course taught in English

* No prior knowledge of China is required

* During the semester, students are required to participate in two diplomatic simulations/debates and write a final essay.

The composition of the mark: 

Presence and activity in the course: 20%

Participation and preparedness in the diplomatic simulation/discussion: 30%

Final paper: 50% 

Grading scale: (A) excellent 100-90%, (B) very good 89-80%, (C) good 79-70%, (D) fair 69-60, (E) satisfactory 59-50, (F) unsatisfactory < 50

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Václav Kopecký (03.02.2020)

Lecture 1: Introduction
Course Outline & Requirements 
Contemporary China and why we should study it
Debate on Chinese influence in Europe

Lecture 2: PRC History: Crash Course 
Chinese Empire and Republican China
Civil War 
China in the Second World War
The Establishment of PRC in 1949 
Great Leap Forward
Cultural Revolution
End of Mao’s Era

* Readings:
Saich, Tony (2010) Governance and Politics of China. Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 2 (China’s Changing Road to Development: Political History, 1949-79).

Spence, Jonathan D. (2012) The Search for Modern China, New York: W.W. Norton & Company (particularly chapters 11, 19 and 22).
Fairbank, John King (2006) China: A New History. New York: Belknap Press (Available also in Czech).
Short, Philip (2017) Mao: The Man Who Made China. London and New York: IB Taurus. (Available also in Czech).

Lecture 3: China after Mao
Deng Xiaoping coming to power
The Reform Era and the changes within the system 
Human rights movement in China 
Tian-an-men Massacre and Survival of the Regime
Growing power in the 1990s and 2000s
Second term of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiapao and their reforms and foreign policy initiatives
Xi Jinping Coming to Power - domestic development and the international stage

* Readings:
Saich, Tony (2010) Governance and Politics of China. Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 3 (China Under Reform 1978-2003)
Shirk, Susan L. (2018) China in Xi’s “New Era”: The Return to Personalistic Rule, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 22-36. Available at https://www.journalofdemocracy.org/articles/china-in-xis-new-era-the-return-to-personalistic-rule/  

Lam Wo-Lap, Willy (2017) What is Xi Jinping’s Thought?, September 21, 2017, Jamestown Foundation. Available at https://jamestown.org/program/what-is-xi-jinping-thought/
Nathan, Andrew J. (2016) Who is Xi? The New York Review of Books, May 12, 2016. Available at: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/05/12/who-is-xi/
Fenby, Jonathan (2008) The Penguin History of Modern China. London: Penguin Group (particularly chapters 27, 29, and 31).

Lecture 4: China’s Foreign Policy, EU and Central Europe
Development of China’s foreign principles under Mao, Deng and Xi 
Current foreign policy objectives and tools 
United Front Theory
Belt and Road Initiative
EU-China Relations and Strategic Dialogue
China’s economic and political presence in CEE Region
Creation and development of 17+1 Framework

* Readings:
The Economist (July 26, 2018) China has a vastly ambitious plan to connect to the world. Available at: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/07/26/china-has-a-vastly-ambitious-plan-to-connect-the-world
Szczudlik, Justyna (April 2019) “Seven Years of the 16+1: An Assessment of China’s ‘Multilateral Bilateralism’ in Central Europe”, Asie.Visions, No. 107, Ifri. 

Cerulus, Laurens and Jakob Hanke Vela (April 10, 2017) Enter the Dragon: Chinese investment in crisis-hit countries gives Beijing influence at the European Union’s table, Politico. Available at: https://www.politico.eu/article/china-and-the-troika-portugal-foreign-investment-screening-takeovers-europe/?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=d3bc30dcba-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-d3bc30dcba-189772065
Lanteigne, Marc (2016) Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction. Oxon and New York: Routledge, Chapter 1 (Introduction: The Reconstruction of Chinese Foreign Policy).
Benner, Thornster et. al. (2018) Authoritarian Advance: Responding to China’s Growing Political Influence in Europe, Global Public Policy Institute and Mercator Institute for China Studies, pp. 5-13 

Lecture 5: Germany and China
The first graded debate 

The current state of relations: From partners to frenemies 
German praise and criticism of China and the impact on EU policies – Investment screening mechanism, 5G debate etc.  
Crucial Trading Partners and Strategic Partnership 
Reunification and building bridges 
Development aid and human rights 
Gerhard Schröder and close cooperation within EU framework
Angela Merkel and Germany as the most important partner of China in the EU 
Economic Relations analysis: investments, exports, imports and other forms of cooperation 

* Readings:
Samrai, Yasmin (October 30, 2019) “Trading with the frenemy: Germany’s China Policy” European Council on Foreign Relations. Available at: https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_trading_with_the_frenemy_germanys_china_policy.
Hanke, Jakob (January 10, 2019) “German industry seeks to push harder EU line on China”Politico. Available at https://www.politico.eu/article/china-germany-competition-european-commission-bdi-german-industry-seeks-to-push-harder-eu-line-on-china/
Weidenfeld, Jan (2020) “Germany: No Pivot to China” in Mario Esteban and Miguel Otero-Iglesias: “Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry”, ETNC, January 2020, pp. 75-82. 

Schnellbach, Christoph and Joyce Man (2015) Germany and China: Embracing a Different Kind of Partnership? CAP Working Paper, 2015.
Fulda, Andreas (2009) “Promoting Participatory Development in the People’s Republic in China.” Internationales Asienforum, 40:1-2, pp. 97-118. 

Lecture 6: Hungary and China
Viktor Orban and political relations: concept of illiberal democracy, domestic and international politics 
Traditional Chinese partner in V4
Echoes from the past - Relations with China in 50s and 60s 
New start of intensive relations - 2000s   
Economic Relations analysis: investments, exports, imports and other forms of cooperation 
Case study: BRI - Budapest-Belgrade Railway  

* Readings:
Matura, Tamas, “Absent political values in a pragmatic Hungarian China policy,” in Tim Nicholas Rühlig et. al. Political values in Europe-China relations, 2018, pp. 47-50. 
Vörös Zoltán, “Who Benefits from the Chinese-Built Hungary-Serbia Railway?” The Diplomat, January 4, 2018. Available at https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/who-benefits-from-the-chinese-built-hungary-serbia-railway/
Matura, Tamas, “Chinese Investment in Hungary: Few Results but Great Expectations,” in Seaman John, Mikko Huotari and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (2017) Chinese Investment in Europe: A Country-Level Perspective, pp. 75-79

Tucker, Julian and Bozsik Ádam (February 25, 2019), Avenues to Europe: China’s Relationship with Hungary, ISDP Voices. Available at: https://isdp.eu/chinas-relationship-with-hungary/

Lecture 7: Poland and China
Poland between Washington, Brussels, and Beijing. Promises and growing scepticism. 
Echoes from the past - Polish economic transformation and lessons for China 
Poland as the frontrunner in relations with China yet many obstacles hindering the overall development
Economic Relations analysis: investments, exports, imports and other forms of cooperation
Case studies: Chinese companies and highways in Poland, 5G development 

* Readings:
Szczudlik, Justyna, “Poland: Manoeuvering between the US and EU while not decoupling from China” in Mario Esteban and Miguel Otero-Iglesias: “Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry”, ETNC, January 2020, pp. 75-82.
Sarek, Lukasz (2019) “The 16+1 Initiative and Poland’s Disengagement from China,” China Brief, Vol. 19, Issue 4, Jamestown Foundation.
Szczudlik, Justyna (2018) Poland-China Relations: from Enthusiasm to Caution? A Polish perspective. Unpublished manuscript.

Pendrakowska, Patrycja (2018) Poland’s perspective on the Belt and Road Initiative, Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies, 7:2, 190-206. 
Szczudlik, Justyna “Poland’s Measured Approach to Chinese Investments,” in Seaman John, Mikko Huotari and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (2017) Chinese Investment in Europe: A Country-Level Perspective, pp. 109-115.

Lecture 8: Czech Republic and China
Dramatic development of relations: actors, values, interests and motivations. 
Echoes from the past - Czechoslovakia and recognition of PRC and its economic support, Prague Spring.
Václav Havel and relations with China, specific relations with Taiwan
Shift towards “pragmatism”
Changes of economic and political relations 
Economic Relations analysis: investments, exports, imports and other forms of cooperation 
Case study: Human rights and China
Case study: Connection between political and economic relations

* Readings:
Jakóbowski, Jakub and Krzysztof Debiec (June 6, 2018) “Chinese investments in the Czech Republic: changing the expansion model” OSW. Available at: https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2018-06-06/chinese-investments-czech-republic-changing-expansion-model-0
Fürst, Rudolf and Gabriela Pleschová (2010) “Czech and Slovak Relations with China: Contenders for China’s Favour. Europe-Asia Studies, 62:8, pp. 1363-1381
David Barboza et al., “China Seeks Influence in Europe, One Business Deal at a Time,” New York Times, August 12, 2018. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/business/china-influence-europe-czech-republic.html
European Voice (2010) From Charter 77 to Charter 08, from Havel to Xiaobo. Politico, October 13, 2010. Available at http://www.politico.eu/article/from-charter-77-to-charter-08-from-havel-to-xiaobo/

Hála, Martin (January 17, 2020) “Making Foreign Companies serve China: Outsourcing Propaganda to Local Entities in the Czech Republic” Jamestown Foundation, 20:1. Available at: https://jamestown.org/program/making-foreign-companies-serve-china-outsourcing-propaganda-to-local-entities-in-the-czech-republic/?mc_cid=7c035be800&mc_eid=e98986e7ea
Santora, Marc and Hana de Goeji, “Huawei was a Czech Favorite. Now? It’s a National Security Threat,” New York Times, February 12, 2019. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/world/europe/czech-republic-huawei.html
Fürst, Rudolf “The Czech Republic: Receiving the First Relevant Chinese Investment,” in Seaman John, Mikko Huotari and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (2017) Chinese Investment in Europe: A Country-Level Perspective, pp. 41-45

Lecture 9: Slovakia and China 
The second graded debate

Lack of interest and its results 
Echoes from the past - Chinese perception of Czechoslovakian dissolution
Political continuity and its impact on economic relations 
China’s economic and political presence in CEE Region
Case study: What is the impact of the lack of interest? 

* Readings:
Pleschová, Gabriela and Richard Turscányi (2020) “Slovakia: A Country between East and West” in Mario Esteban and Miguel Otero-Iglesias: “Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry”, ETNC, January 2020, pp. 147-154.
Pleschová, Gabriela “Chinese Investment in Slovakia: The Tide May Come In” in Seaman John, Mikko Huotari and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (2017) Chinese Investment in Europe: A Country-Level Perspective, pp. 135-140.
Turscányi Richard and Matej Šimalčík, “Slovak Policy Towards China is Built on Empty Words,” October 4, 2018. Available at https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/slovak-policy-towards-china-is-built-on-empty-words

Kelemen Barbara et. al. (2020) “Slovakia and China: Challenges to the Future of the Relationship”, Central European Institute of Asian Studies. 

Lecture 10: Comparative analysis of V4 region
Strength and weaknesses of V4 countries and their economic and political relations with China 
Role of Germany in the region vis-à-vis China  
Political influence, economic challenges and/or benefits, technological debate  

* Readings:
PSSI (2020) Comparative Analysis of the Approach towards China: V4+ and One Belt one Road (chapters on V4 countries).  
Haneman Thilo et al. (2019) “Chinese FDI in Europe: 2018 Trends and Impact of New Screening Mechanism,” Rhodium Group and the Mercator Institute for China Studies.

Lecture 11: Conclusion 
The last graded debate

Summary of key issues 
Discussion on future of China in V4 + Germany region

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