This project examines the most recent picture of China and Taiwan among the elites and general public in Poland. The goal is to contribute to the understanding of the image of China and Taiwan in Polish society and the relationship between this image and Warsaw‘s policies towards Beijing and Taipei. This study is based on the assumption derived from the constructivist theory, according to which, the picture of China and Taiwan in Polish society and policies towards them are mutually related, since the discourses on the Asian countries perform various functions, including enabling, limiting or justifying. The methods and techniques for analysis are grounded in media research and discourse analysis. The data for analysis comes from the monitoring of the three daily and three weekly papers in the period of one year as well as from the semi- structured elite interviews. This research will not only enrich literature on relations between Poland and China and provide practical knowledge for the Polish decision makers but also contribute to the research on the perception of China in international relations as well as to the understanding of the mechanisms behind the news creation and consumption on China and Taiwan in Polish media.
China in the Eyes of Poles: Discourse Analysis of Press and Interviews