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China and the 16+1 Mechanism: A Conversation with Justyna Szczudlik

In this episode, Dr. Justyna Szczudlik joins us to discuss China’s attempts to increase engagement with five Balkan states and eleven EU nations through the 16+1 mechanism. Dr. Szczudlik explains China’s motives for establishing the mechanism and how 16+1 relates to the Belt and Road Initiative. She also assesses how different countries in Central and Eastern Europe view China and the China-Poland relationship in particular.

The Push, Pull, and Purse of Chinese Public Diplomacy: A Conversation with Samantha Custer

In this episode, Samantha Custer joins us to discuss Chinese public diplomacy and influence operations in the East Asia Pacific region. She sheds light on five key parts of China’s public diplomacy strategy as outlined in AidData’s latest report, Ties That Bind. Ms. Custer also explores the success China has achieved thus far as a result of its public diplomacy efforts and analyzes the implications for East Asia and beyond.

Medal Ceremony - Winter Olympics Day 14
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How dominant is China at the Olympic Games?

International sports competitions provide countries with opportunities to showcase the best of their nation to the rest of the world. For China, which often struggles to cultivate a positive image of itself, success at these competitions hinges on what happens both inside and outside of the stadium.