27 November 2018 - 15:30 - 19:00

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of China’s opening up, the 5th edition of the Europe-China Policy & Practice Roundtable will be held on 27 November. 

The by-invitation-only roundtable will bring together around 30 Chinese and European scholars, think tank representatives, policymakers and business representatives for an open and lively debate on relations between Europe and China. As disruptions continue to shake the international landscape, can the two simultaneously work together to tackle disruptive forces like the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises, and to ensure that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and other global connectivity projects are in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on environmental and fiscal sustainability? 

Participants will answer these and other questions as they consider the way forward for Europe-China cooperation in maintaining a rules-based multilateral order and engaging in connectivity projects. Recommendations from this roundtable will be brought into discussion with a wider audience during the 28 November Europe-China Forum. Click here to view the full Forum programme.

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Disruptions continue to shake the global landscape, demanding a reassessment and review of traditional alliances, established diplomatic pathways and existing blueprints for crisis management. As the world becomes a more uncertain and unpredictable place, with multilateral global governance under threat from many sides, countries face a choice between engaging in damaging power struggles or – despite their differences - choosing to  work together to tackle common challenges. With the United States in apparent retreat from the international stage, the European Union and China have made clear that they favour cooperation over confrontation and share a joint interest in maintaining a rules-based multilateral order. EU-China cooperation is vital in seeking a peaceful resolution of the Iran and North Korean nuclear programmes, as well as implementing Agenda 2030 and bolstering the global trade system.

  • How effectively have China and the EU worked together to tackle the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises?
  • Given their joint interest and important trade and aid programmes in Africa, what is the potential for stronger China-Europe-Africa cooperation?
  • With multilateral frameworks including the UN institutions and the World Trade Organisation under strain due to new US approaches, are China and the EU ready to join forces to safeguard the international rulebook?

Coffee break



The EU and China are committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Tackling climate change is also a priority for both. China and Europe are also both engaged in connectivity projects. One of the key aims of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is to foster economic and social development in participating countries. Meanwhile, having played an important role in shaping the 2030 Agenda, the EU has put it at the centre of its development policies and has built its own blueprint for promoting greater connectivity in an efficient, transparent and sustainable manner.

  • How can China and Europe work together to ensure that the BRI and other global connectivity projects are in keeping with the SDGs’ focus on environmental and fiscal sustainability?
  • In what way does the 16+1 cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European states impact on the wider EU-China relations especially as regards the BRI?
  • What are the possibilities of China-EU cooperation to tackle global challenges such as extreme poverty, climate change and connectivity?

Networking cocktail (by invitation only)



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