TURCSÁNYI, Richard, Runya QIAOAN and Zdeněk KŘÍŽ. Coming From Nowhere: The Chinese Perception of the Concept of Central Europe. In Dominik Mierzejewski. The Quandaries of China's Domestic and Foreign Development. Lodz: Lodz University Press, 2014. p. 155-171. Contemporary Asian Studies Series. ISBN 978-83-7969-385-6.
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Original name Coming From Nowhere: The Chinese Perception of the Concept of Central Europe
Authors TURCSÁNYI, Richard (703 Slovakia, guarantor, belonging to the institution), Runya QIAOAN (156 China) and Zdeněk KŘÍŽ (203 Czech Republic).
Edition Lodz, The Quandaries of China's Domestic and Foreign Development, p. 155-171, 17 pp. Contemporary Asian Studies Series, 2014.
Publisher Lodz University Press
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Original language English
Type of outcome Chapter(s) of a specialized book
Field of Study 50601 Political science
Country of publisher Poland
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Publication form printed version "print"
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14230/14:00082945
Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
ISBN 978-83-7969-385-6
Keywords in English China; Central Europe; Chinese perception of Central Europe; China-CEE relations
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Ing. Mgr. Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D., učo 171930. Changed: 24/5/2015 23:52.
Abstract
In the last few years, the Central Europe has witnessed a growing Chinese presence demonstrated among others by high level visits; rapid growth of trade and investment volumes; and further pledges to develop economic links. There are more reasons why China has become interested in cultivating relations with this region, but it is primarily due to favourable economic conditions and the membership of the EU. Yet, while there are promising potentials for further development of the relations, it seems there are also obstacles, coming mainly from mutual lack of understanding and knowledge. The presented article studies Chinese perception of Central Europe as a concept and it does so by focusing at the Chinese discourse related to the usage of the terms labelling the region, at three levels of discourse – official use, general public discourse, and academia. The findings show that the term ‘Central Europe’, whilst existing at certain level, is to a large extent eclipsed by the broader ‘Central and Eastern Europe’, or ‘Eastern Europe’. Tellingly, each of these terms is connoted with different perceptions and historical legacies, with ‘Eastern’ being in general perceived in less positive tone in European context than ‘Central’. It can be therefore regarded as a positive sign from the European perspective that the ‘Eastern Europe’ is losing its frequency in the official use on expense of the ‘Central and Eastern Europe’. Yet, questions appear on the wider public usage of the terms, as well as the non-existence of the ‘Central Europe’ in official usage and among the academia.
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Investor: Masaryk University, Grant Agency of Masaryk University, Category A
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