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Central Europe and China: Economic and Political Relations - JTB300
Anglický název: Central Europe and China: Economic and Political Relations
Český název: Střední Evropa a Čína: ekonomické a politické vztahy
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2023
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (19)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Václav Kopecký
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
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.
Poslední úprava: Kopecký Václav (01.02.2021)
Cíl předmětu - angličtina

* 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

Poslední úprava: Kopecký Václav (01.02.2021)
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina

According to the Dean's provision, the teacher evaluates the student's performance in the percentages assigned to grades A to F (https://fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-20/2019):

90 % or more => A
80-89 % => B
70-79 % => C
60-69 % => D
50-59 % => E
0-49 % => F

Poslední úprava: Tomečková Jiřina, Mgr. (13.02.2023)
Literatura - angličtina

Lecture 1: Introduction
No preliminary reading needed

Lecture 2: Modern Chinese History: A Crash Course 
William Callahan, “National Insecurities: Humiliation, Salvation, and Chinese Nationalism,” Alternatives, Vol. 29 2004, p.199-218.

For topics that will catch your interest, you can find some guidance in some of the books on modern Chinese history:
Jonathan D. Spence,  “The Search for Modern China,” 2012, New York: W.W. Norton & Company (particularly chapters 11, 19 and 22).
John King Fairbank, “China: A New History,” 2016, New York: Belknap Press (Available also in Czech).
Philip Short, “Mao: The Man Who Made China,” 2017, London and New York: IB Taurus. (Available also in Czech).

Lecture 3: China under and after Mao
Timothy Cheek, “Mao, Revolution, and Memory,” in A Critical Introduction to Mao, 2010, pp 3-15 (but recommended also the rest of the chapter until page 30).

Tony Saich, “Governance and Politics of China,” 2010, Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 3 (China Under Reform 1978-2003)
Jonathan Fenby, “The Penguin History of Modern China,” 2008, London: Penguin Group (particularly chapters 27, 29, and 31).

Lecture 4: From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping
David M. Lampton, “Following the Leader: Ruling China from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping,” 2014, University of California Press, Berkley, London, Chapter 1: Evolution in the Revolution, pp 13-44.
Elizabeth C. Economy, “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State,” 2018, Oxford University Press, New York, Introduction, pp. 1-19.

Willy Lam Wo-Lap, “What is Xi Jinping’s Thought?,” September 21, 2017, Jamestown Foundation. Available at https://jamestown.org/program/what-is-xi-jinping-thought/

Lecture 5: China's Foreign Policy

Alex He, “The Belt and Road Initiative: Motivations, Financing, Expansion and Challenges of Xi’s Ever-Expanding strategy,” Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development, Vol 4(1), 2020, pp. 139-154 and  and 159-166.
Linda Jakobson and Ryan Manuel, “How Are Foreign Policy Decisions Made in China?,” Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, Vol. 3(1), 2016, pp. 101-110.
Gerry Groot, “The Rise and Rise of the United Front Work Department under Xi,” China Brief, Vol. 18(7), April 24, 2018.

Marc Lanteigne, “Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction,” 2019, Oxon and New York: Routledge, Chapter 1 (Introduction: The Reconstruction of Chinese Foreign Policy), pp 1-26.
Nadège Rolland, China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative, National Bureau of Asian Research, 2017, Ch. 3.  

Lecture 6: Europe and China  
Laurens Cerulus and Jakob Hanke Vela, “Enter the Dragon: Chinese investment in crisis-hit countries gives Beijing influence at the European Union’s table,” April 10, 2017, 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
Max J. Zenglein, “Mapping and recalibrating Europe’s economic interdependence with China,” November 18, 2020, Merics. Available at: https://merics.org/en/report/mapping-and-recalibrating-europes-economic-interdependence-china
Justyna Szczudlik, “Seven Years of the 16+1: An Assessment of China’s ‘Multilateral Bilateralism’ in Central Europe”, Asie.Visions, No. 107, Ifri., April 2019, pp. 6-15.  

Thornster Benner et. al., “Authoritarian Advance: Responding to China’s Growing Political Influence in Europe,” 2018, Global Public Policy Institute and Mercator Institute for China Studies, pp. 5-13

Lecture 7: Germany and China

Hans Kundnani and Jonas Parello-Plesner, “China and Germany: Why the Emerging Special Relationship Matters for Europe,” ECFR, p. 1-9., 2012.
Yasmin Samrai, “Trading with the frenemy: Germany’s China Policy,” October 30, 2019, European Council on Foreign Relations. Available at: https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_trading_with_the_frenemy_germanys_china_policy.
Irene Ezran and Joseph Vaughan, “Sino-German Relations in the Era of Global Interdependence,” CSIS, November 4, 2022. Available at: https://www.csis.org/blogs/new-perspectives-asia/sino-german-relations-era-global-interdependence

Christoph Schnellbach and Joyce Man, “Germany and China: Embracing a Different Kind of Partnership?” 2015, CAP Working Paper
Jan Weidenfeld, “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.
Andreas Fulda, “Germany’s China Policy of ‘Change Through Trade’ Has Failed”, June 1, 2020, RUSI.

Lecture 8: Hungary and China
Tamas Matura, “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/
Tamas Matura, “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 Approach, pp. 75-79
Réka Koleszár, “Hungary-China Relations: Is it Time for a Change?,” October 28, 2021, Choice, Available at: https://chinaobservers.eu/hungary-china-relations-is-it-time-for-a-change/

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

Lecture 9: Poland and China

Lukasz Sarek, “The 16+1 Initiative and Poland’s Disengagement from China,” 2019, China Brief, Vol. 19, Issue 4, Jamestown Foundation.
Justyna Szczudlik, “Poland-China Relations: from Enthusiasm to Caution? A Polish perspective,” 2018, Unpublished manuscript.
Lunting Wu and Kamil Matusiewicz, “China-Poland Relations amid the Ukraine War,” The Diplomat, October 13, 2022. Available at: https://thediplomat.com/2022/10/china-poland-relations-amid-the-ukraine-war/

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

Lecture 10: The Czech Republic and China
Martin Šebeňa and Richard Turscányi, “Divided National Identity and COVID-19: How China Has Become a Symbol of Major Political Cleavage in the Czech Republic,” The China Review, Vol. 21, No. 2 (May 2021), 35-63
Rudolf Fürst and Gabriela Pleschová, “Czech and Slovak Relations with China: Contenders for China’s Favour. Europe-Asia Studies, 62:8, 2010, pp. 1363-1381 (also relevant for the next lecture on Slovakia).
Jeremy Garlick, “Chinese Investments in the Czech Republic: Opportunity or Threat?” CHOICE, February 12, 2020, available at: https://chinaobservers.eu/chinese-investments-in-the-czech-republic-opportunity-or-threat/.
Jakub Jakóbowski and Krzysztof Debiec , “Chinese investments in the Czech Republic: changing the expansion model,” June 6, 2018, OSW. Available at: https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2018-06-06/chinese-investments-czech-republic-changing-expansion-model-0
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/

Martin Hála, “Making Foreign Companies serve China: Outsourcing Propaganda to Local Entities in the Czech Republic” Jamestown Foundation, January 17, 2020, 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

Lecture 11: Slovakia and China


Gabriela Pleschová and Richard Turscányi, “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.
Gabriela Pleschová, “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.
Richard Turscányi 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

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

Lecture 12: Conclusion and comparative analysis of V4 region

Richard Q. Turcsányi, “China and the Frustrated Region: Central and Eastern Europe’s Repeating Troubles with Great Powers,” China Report 15, 1, 2020.
Ivana Karásková (ed.), “Empty Shell no More: China’s Growing Footprint in Central and Eastern Europe,” CHOICE, April 2020. (pp. 14-56)

Matej Šimalčík (ed.), “Perception on China among V4 Political Elites,” CEIAS, 2019 (parts you are interested in)
Marcin Grabowski and Jakub Stefanowski, “The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative from the Central European Perspective – Rhetoric Versus Reality,” Stosunki Miedzynarodowe – International Relations, 54, 4, 2018.

Poslední úprava: Kopecký Václav (21.02.2023)
Metody výuky - angličtina

The course takes place face-to-face (offline) 

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 among themselves and with the lecturer who introduces the main concepts in the lecture. Students are also asked to prepare a presentation on relevant topics. Special emphasis is also given to case studies of important features of the CEE-China relations.  



Poslední úprava: Kopecký Václav (20.02.2022)
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina

* Course taught in English

* No prior knowledge of China is required

* Student’s presentation during the semester

* Active participation over the course

* Final essay

The composition of the mark: 

Presence and activity in the course: 20%

Presentation: 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

Poslední úprava: Kopecký Václav (01.02.2021)
Sylabus - angličtina

Lecture 1: Introduction
Course Outline & Requirements 
Contemporary China and why we should study it
Debate on China’s role and influence in Europe
Short quiz on China and CEE  

Lecture 2: Modern Chinese History: A Crash Course 
Chinese Empire and its key concepts
Creation of the Republic of China
Civil War
China in the Second World War
The Establishment of People’s Republic of China and early years ‘
Great Leap Forward

Lecture 3: China under and after Mao

Cultural Revolution 
End of Mao’s Era
Deng Xiaoping and Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
The Reform Era and the changes within the system
Human rights movement in China
Tian-an-men Massacre and Survival of the Regime

Lecture 4: From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping
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
Basics of the Chinese domestic political system
Development of China’s foreign principles under Mao, Deng and Xi 

Lecture 5: China’s Foreign Policy
Current foreign policy objectives and tools
The functioning of the foreign policy system
United Front Theory
Belt and Road Initiative

Lecture 6: Europe and China  
EU-China relations and strategic dialogue
Economic independence and interdependence
Systemic rivalry and Comprehensive Investment Agreement
Creation and development of 16/17+1 Framework
China’s economic and political presence in CEE Region

Lecture 7: Germany and China
Current state of relations – Germany under Olaf Scholz   
Crucial Trading Partners and Strategic Partnership 
Reunification and building bridges 
Development aid and human rights 
Gerhard Schröder and Change Through Trade
Angela Merkel and Germany as the most important partner of China in the EU 
German praise and criticism of China and the impact on EU policies – Comprehensive agreement on Investment, investment screening mechanism, 5G debate etc. 
Economic Relations analysis: investments, exports, imports and other forms of cooperation 

Lecture 8: 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  

Lecture 9: Poland and China
Poland between Washington, Brussels, and Beijing. Promises, scepticism and comeback.
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 

Lecture 9: Slovakia and China 
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? 

Lecture 10: The 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 

Lecture 11: Slovakia and China
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?

Lecture 12: Conclusion and 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  

Poslední úprava: Kopecký Václav (21.02.2023)
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