President Xi Jinping and Czech Republic President Milos Zeman toast a drink on the terrace of the Strahov Monastery in Prague. Photo: AP

Xi Jinping’s Prague trip highlighted the limits to China’s soft power

Michal Thim says even though European nations that are hungry for investment and jobs have largely become more welcoming of Beijing, many obstacles stand in the way of China’s hopes to change long-standing EU policies

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President Xi Jinping and Czech Republic President Milos Zeman toast a drink on the terrace of the Strahov Monastery in Prague. Photo: AP
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Michal Thim

Michal Thim

Michal Thim is a Taiwan analyst at the Prague-based think tank, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and a member of the Centre for International Maritime Security with a research focus on cross-strait relations, and East and Southeast Asian regional politics and security. Michal was director of the AMO Research Centre from July 2007 until August 2010. He studied in the Asia-Pacific Studies programme at the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2010-2012 and returned to Taiwan in 2014 as a visiting researcher in the Taiwan Fellowship programme.