China’s soft power strategy and EU integration
The EU and several Member States have responded differently and on various levels to China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The EU-funded EUINTBRI project will conduct a comparative assessment and analysis of BRI soft strategy and the engagement and reactions of the EU and its members Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands. The research analyses the basic components of BRI, unveiling its vision, modus operandi, impact and meaning for China’s image. The project will investigate how EU countries support, contrapose or overlook China’s strategy and assess its impact on EU integration dynamics. EUINTBRI will generate new knowledge and understanding and improve a network of academic and policy stakeholders in Europe and China.