From Geopolitical Chance to Security Threat: Polish Public Political Discourse on the One Belt One Road Initiative

Author: Michał Lubina
Institution: Jagiellonian University (Poland)
Year of publication: 2017
Source: Show
Pages: 221-238
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PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017114.pdf

This article deals with public, political discourse over One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in Poland. OBOR has recently become very popular in Poland as it encapsulates the noticeable fascination on China and on geopolitics among parts of Polish society. This article describes this phenomenon and delaminates the mainstream political discourse over OBOR into two main strands: great geopolitical and/or geoeconomic chance (pro-OBOR discourse) and security threat (anti-OBOR). The advocates of the former see the project as a great geopolitical and economic opportunity for Poland; the supporters of the latter find it a threat to Polish security and/or economic interests. This discourse echoes internal divisions within current Polish government on its China policy and can be observed against the background of China’s dynamic enter to Central and Eastern Europe, particularly to Czech Republic, Hungary and Serbia. 



geoeconomics geopolitics New Silk Road OBOR Sino-Polish relations

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