How stories about China shape our post-COVID-19 outlook on (geo)politics

16 jun 2020

“A young Chinese boy sitting across from me in a packed sleeper train in 2014 asked his mother if I was a ‘foreign devil’.

Steven Langendonk, doctoral researcher at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) illustrates with this personal story how the creation, existence and disappearance of prejudices are also fundamentally political.

“Whereas China barely made the evening news before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it seems to play a leading role in our outlook on the future and our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. As attention in our societies shifts from crisis management to (political) issues such as economic recovery and international cooperation, China will likely be more present in the rhetoric of our political leaders than ever.”

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