Former Czech Prime Minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, noted in 2015 during the China Investment Forum in Prague that relations with China were at their historical best. Similar remarks were made in 2016 by the Polish President Andrzej Duda, as he welcomed the Chinese President Xi Jinping on his state visit to Poland. Until recently, such high‑level visits and exclusive forums were rather rare, hence these events alone suggest that a change in bilateral relations has occurred in recent years. Often accompanied by a strong insistence on public image, there is no doubt that, with the help of political backing, they signal improved ties.