From East with Love: Dissecting Pro-China Bias in Czech and Slovak Alternative Media
A brand new analysis of the MapInfluenCE project by a team of analysts analyzes China-related narratives on five specific topics (5G, Chinese investment, Hong Kong protests, Xinjiang, and Taiwan) in the ‘alternative media’ in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The paper focuses on media that are traditionally seen as a conduit for pro-Kremlin views, while their coverage of China has so far not been systematically studied.
The report combines a detailed and years-long effort to map Chinese narratives in traditional media in both Czechia and Slovakia with specific knowledge of the Czech and Slovak alternative media environments. As such, the research contributes to the understanding of the confluence of China and Russia and their narratives in the information space in the region.
The MapInfluenCE project focuses on both China and Russia’s influence in Central Europe, specifically within the Visegrad nations of the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. The comparative nature of the project enables the identification of the strategies and tactics employed by China and Russia and discerning the convergences and divergences in their respective approaches.