China’s Strategic Narrative and Challenges: The Case of Poland
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Sichuan University
Publication date: 2020-06-17
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2018;54(2):121–141
The rejuvenation of China’s relations with Central and Eastern European countries, including Poland, receives more attention than ever. While China tends to take optimist views about Chinese-Polish relations, Poland remains prudent over wishful anticipation. The extent to which China and Poland have consensus on understanding and developing their relations requires further investigation. From the perspective of a strategic narrative, this article examines whether Warsaw accepts Beijing’s narratives of Chinese-Polish relations as a strategic partnership. The main hypothesis is that differences between Beijing and Warsaw in understanding the Chinese-Polish relations can neither be easily overcome nor ignored. The findings indicate that Poland partially welcomes China’s suggestions by limiting its understanding and support towards Chinese-Polish strategic partnership merely to diplomatic and economic aspects.