Global Europe - European Policy Summit
Europe and China: Rivals or strategic partners?
|China and the European Union matter more and more to each other. EU-China trade, economic and business relations are booming and cooperation is crucial in dealing with global challenges like climate change, food and energy security, nuclear proliferation and regional hotspots. Europe’s 2020 growth agenda and China’s 12th Five-Year Plan open up fresh opportunities for China-Europe cooperation in areas such as the green economy, environmental protection, scientific innovation and technology-intensive industries. Which are the areas where Europe and China can work together to build stronger relations in the political and economic sectors? Can Europe provide its experience and expertise as China seeks to develop its anti-monopoly law?
Relations between policymakers and officials are important in determining the style and substance of Europe-China relations but 21st Century foreign policy is increasingly influenced by public opinion. What can be done to improve communication between civil society representatives in China and Europe?