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China’s Image in Greece

AMO AMO / Ed. 20. 10. 2018

The Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER) published a report on China’s image in Greece to which the ChinfluenCE analysts contributed with their expertise.

The report shows that the views of China in Greece are conditioned by four different narratives: “(i) a developing country that still faces considerable socio-economic challenges despite its impressive achievements over the last decades; (ii) an authoritarian regime that does not fully respect the rights of its citizens and has plenty of room for improvement of the rule of law; (iii) a potential ally against the vilified western/European creditors in the midst of the ongoing crisis in Greece; (iv) an ancient civilisation as glorious as the Greek one and a cultural partner, despite the lack of knowledge about Chinese antiquity” (p. 7).

The report noted that there were no indications that Beijing pursues to wield influence by directly controlling Greek media (p. 18). “However, over the last two years the China-friendly predilection in the reporting mode of pro-government media may well be attributed to the role of AMNA (note: Greek national news agency), which has had a cooperation agreement with China’s state news agency Xinhua since May 2016. Furthermore, in December 2017 ANNA signed an MoU with the China Economic Information Service (CEIS), an affiliate of Xinhua, for the establishment of a Belt and Road Economic and Financial Information Partnership.”

You can read the report in full here.

Original source: China’s Image in Greece

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