Chinese Media Influence: Lessons Learned from Central and Eastern Europe 

January 17, 2023 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Event Overview

How do China’s influence operations vary across Central and Eastern Europe?

For over a decade, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has sought to expand its influence operations in Central and Eastern Europe, including in the information space, with varying degrees of success. Its efforts appear to have had more success in the Balkans, where China has successfully exploited gaps that others, particularly the European Union, have failed to address. Countries with strong civil societies or more robust international support, such as in the Baltics, have appeared better equipped to identify and mitigate malign foreign influence strategies. How are the CCP's tactics evolving, why has the impact of these influence operations varied, and how can democracies more effectively counter disinformation and propaganda?

This meeting is hosted in partnership with Freedom House.


Martin Hála, Founder and Director, Sinopsis

Ana Krstinovska, Founder and President, ESTIMA

Edward Lucas, Senior Fellow and Senior Adviser, Center for European Policy Analysis

Ellie Young, Research Analyst for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Freedom House

Moderated By:

Kevin Sheives, Deputy Director, The International Forum for Democratic Studies, The National Endowment for Democracy

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