Central and South East Europe: Do China’s Economic Presence and Political Influence Coincide?

Kursnummer: 15821on

When: 22 March 2021, 9:00-10:30 CET
Where: Concordia Cloud

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Registration is mandatory. Registered participants will receive a Webex link one day before the event.
Registration deadline: 19 March 2021.

Cooperation project with the Representation of the European Commission in Austria.

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Ágnes Szunomár, senior research fellow, Head of Research Group on Development Economics at the Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies. Expertise: Chinese foreign policy and international trade and investment; China and Central Europe. Associate professor, Department of World Economy, Institute of International, Political, and Regional Sciences, Corvinus University of Budapest.

Ivana Karásková, China research fellow and Project Coordinator at Association for International Affairs, specialised in mapping China`s political, economic and media presence in central Europe. Founder and coordinator of numerous international cooperation projects specialised in mapping China’s influence. Based in Prague.

Vladimir Shopov, visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign relations. Expertise: China in South East Europe. Lecturer at the Politics department of Sofia University.

Stefan Vladisavljev, security expert (China in Serbia) at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.  Expertise: China in Southeast Europe. Based in Belgrade.


Sinae ante portas (China is at the gates) could be the title of numerous analyses addressing EU international relations and the growing influence of China in Europe, especially in Central and South East Europe. Does this impression match China’s economic and political presence on the ground?

The seminar will map Chinese economic presence in Central and South East Europe and explore its political influence. Does the increased economic presence amplify its political influence?

Ágnes Szunomár and Vladimir Shopov will map China’s economic investments, Ivana Karásková will explore political influence and media presence. Vladimir Stanisavljev will focus on Serbia, the closest China’s ally in the region.

Concept and moderation: Mirjana Tomić


Short presentations and interactive live discussion.

Target Groups

Austria-based journalists; think tank analysts; and academics. International journalists are welcome.

Number of participants: Maximum 70

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

22.03.202109:00 - 10:30
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Vladimir Shopov, Stefan Vladisavljev, Ivana Karásková, Ágnes Szunomár
Online via Webex