As the future of Sino-EU and Sino-German relations depends, to a large extent, on the perceptions and the liking of the youth on both sides, their attitudes need to be discovered, seen and understood. The Grandview Institution, in collaboration with Center on Data and Governance of Tsinghua University, has conducted an investigation on the Chinese youth’s view on Europe through questionnaires and analysis of Europe- and Germany-related postings on two of China’s mainstream social media – Weibo and Douyin (spanning September 1, 2020 to February 28, 2022). The research panel handed out 5,125 questionnaires to the young people in 31 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi'an, and Xining via the Internet, and selected 5,799,418 Weibo posts and 679,821 Douyin short videos as samples for the big-data analysis. From the feedback of the questionnaires and online postings, a portrait of Europe and Germany in the eyes of today’s Chinese youth can be roughly drawn. Through comparison, some important findings are made, which may provide us with valuable first-hand information to analyze the "youth factor" in the development of China-EU and China-German relations and to find ways to strengthen the ties between Chinese youth and their European counterparts.
0411 Enhancing China-EU Youth Exchanges across the Board to Deliver Some Stability to the Uncertain World.pdf