China’s Influence Operations Fall Flat in Central and Eastern Europe

China’s Influence Operations Fall Flat in Central and Eastern Europe
President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare to sign a bilateral treaty of strategic partnership at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, March 29, 2016 (AP photo in Petr David Josek).

Over the past decade, China has targeted Central and Eastern Europe with its influence operations, cultivating leaders, building ties with regional media and developing telecom infrastructure. Yet despite these efforts, and as the war in Ukraine rages on, Beijing has seen its soft power and popularity in the region wane.

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