Europe-China Forum – tackling increasing global challenges: prioritising constructive cooperation

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Europe-China relations over the past three years were unexpectedly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shifting of priorities it represented. Geopolitical tensions throughout Eurasia have, once again, changed the development of the relationship between China and the European Union. With the launch of the latest Chinese Five-Year Plan and the European recovery strategy, both partners have continuously attempted to reinforce their commitment to collaboration. Ultimately, however, bringing this commitment to fruition will depend on Europe and China’s ability to find areas for cooperation in accordance with their similar priorities.

This year, Friends of Europe’s Europe-China Forum will explore the key elements for better cooperation in the global quest for a greener, safer and more connected world.

This discussion is part of our Europe-China Dialogue, which sits within a broader framework of Europe-Asia dialogues that look at the areas of convergence and divergence between Europe and Asia as a whole, from the structural and thematic issues of economics, such as trade and investment, to the concerns of the new decade – connectivity, health, the space race and the climate crisis.


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Schedule

Schedule

Welcome and registration
Session I: Giving diplomacy a new go: the present and future of EU-China relations
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  1. In what ways can diplomacy be improved to fit the needs of the 21st century? How can China, Europe and their approaches to multilateralism and the management of globalisation contribute to this redefinition?
  2. How effective are the existing dialogue mechanisms between the EU and China? What steps can be taken from both sides to improve lines of communication in order to build more common ground and reduce misunderstanding?
  3. How could the EU and China manage their differences in a responsible manner and jointly provide global common goods in an increasingly turbulent world?

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

Coffee break
Session II: Climate, trade and technology: between cooperation and competition
Expand Session II: Climate, trade and technology: between cooperation and competition
  • How essential to climate action is technological innovation? What challenges tied to climate change will technology fail to tackle on its own?
  • Have China’s climate action ambitions been reflected in a greening of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? How does the EU’s Global Gateway compare in this regard, and how can a more coordinated EU-China approach to their support to third countries maximise the green impact of their investments?
  • Are the EU’s ambitious climate goals compatible with the ability of European businesses to remain competitive in global trade when faced with the challenges of growing tension between major powers? What role will measures such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) play in this regard?

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

Lunch
Keynote address by Ambassador Jorge Toledo Albiñana and Minister Peng Gang
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Ambassador Jorge Toledo Albiñana

Ambassador of the European Union to China

Peng Gang

Minister and Head of the Economic & Commercial Office of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union

moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

Session III: Harmonising the Global Development Initiative and Global Gateway in low- and middle-income countries
Expand Session III: Harmonising the Global Development Initiative and Global Gateway in low- and middle-income countries
  • What is the position of low- and middle-income countries today? How is their bargaining power affected by the competition between Europe and China?
  • Is there a prospect for greater development cooperation between Europe and China in the future or will competition only intensify?
  • How do the GDI and Global Gateway compare in scope and size? Are these initiatives’ fundamental goals aligned or are they fundamentally incompatible?

moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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Speakers

Speakers

Ambassador Jorge Toledo Albiñana
Ambassador Jorge Toledo Albiñana

Ambassador of the European Union to China

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Jorge Toledo Albiñana is a career diplomat from Spain, who has dedicated most of his career to European Union affairs. Prior to assuming his current position, he has held posts in India and Japan. He has also previously served as the Spanish secretary of state for the EU and European affairs, as well as the Spanish ambassador to Senegal. Toledo Albiñana began his career at the Spanish Foreign Service.

Ambassador Patricia Flor
Ambassador Patricia Flor

German Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

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Patricia Flor represents the German people’s interests in China. Flor has over two decades of experience in diplomacy, having previously worked as the German ambassador to Georgia and as a diplomat at the German embassy in Kazakhstan and the German permanent mission to the United Nations. She has held several roles at the German Federal Foreign Office, including as special envoy for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the director-general for international order, the UN and arms control. Flor has also served as the European Union special representative for Central Asia and the EU ambassador to Japan.

Wu Hongbo
Ambassador Wu Hongbo

Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs

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In his current role, Wu Hongbo represents the Chinese government and its peoples in the European Union. Wu is the former president of the China International Public Relations Association. Previously, he also worked as the United Nations under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs and the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Germany, as well as to the Republic of the Philippines.

Peng Gang
Peng Gang

Minister and Head of the Economic & Commercial Office of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union

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In his current role, Peng Gang leads the Economic & Commercial Office of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union. He has held various positions at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, including as an official, deputy-director, director, deputy director-general and director-general of the Department of Asian Affairs. Additionally, Peng has served as an economic and commercial counsellor at the Chinese embassies in Cambodia and India, and the Chinese consulate-general in Sydney.

Karim Dahou
Karim Dahou

Deputy Director and Head of the China Unit at the OECD Global Relations and Cooperation Directorate

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In his current role, Karim Dahou supports the implementation of the OECD Global Relations Strategy and oversees the organisation’s engagement with China, as well as accession discussions with countries that aspire to OECD membership. Previously, he served in various positions within the OECD, including as deputy head of the Investment Division and executive manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative. Before joining the OECD, Dahou served as the chief of staff to the Executive Secretary and as special advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the NGO ENDA, where he founded and managed the policy think tank Enda Diapol.

Bernard Dewit
Bernard Dewit

Chairman of the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC)

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As the Chairman of the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Bernard Dewit works at the forefront of Belgium-China and EU-China relations. A lawyer by trade, Dewit has served in his current role for over 25 years and been active in Belgium-China economic relations throughout his career, steadily promoting Europe-China cooperation. He is also an accredited foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and a recipient of the Chinese Government Friendship Award.

Alicia Garcia-Herrero
Alicia Garcia-Herrero

Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis

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At Natixis, Alicia García Herrero’s work focuses on the Asia Pacific and China in particular. She is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel and a non-resident Senior Follow at the National University of Singapore East Asian Institute. Additionally, García Herrero serves as a Member of the Board of the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation, and on the Council of Advisors on Economic Affairs to the Spanish government, as well as an advisor to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s research arm (HKIMR). Previously, she has held high-level positions at the European Central Bank, the Bank of Spain and the International Monetary Fund.

Tianning Li
Tianning Li

Cluster Coordinator Industry and Trade at GIZ East Asia

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In her current role at GIZ East Asia, Tianning Li is responsible for project portfolios that span the automotive industry, digitisation, product safety and technical vocational education and training. The projects she oversees are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the European Union and the private sector, with the aim of reducing technical barriers and promoting internationally harmonised approaches to trade. Before joining GIZ, Li worked in the private sector, specifically the renewable energy and automotive business sectors.

Linlin Liang
Linlin Liang

Director of Communication and Research of the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU (CCCEU)

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In her current position, Liang Linlin is responsible for communication, media relations and research on China-EU trade and business relations at the CCCEU. She has also coordinated and worked as an editor for the chamber’s annual flagship reports. Prior to joining the CCCEU, Liang covered China’s foreign affairs in Beijing and EU business and trade in Brussels for the Xinhua News Agency. Previously, she also worked as an advisor, providing consultancy services to various organisations, including the international business association ChinaEU.

Lucie Qian Xia
Lucie Qian Xia

China Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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In her current role, Lucie Qian Xia conducts research on Chinese diplomacy, development and global governance policies. She previously served the United Nations Representation Office to the European Union and the EU Delegation to China. Xia has also worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and taught at the University of Oxford. Lucie is the author of a forthcoming book on diplomatic relationship-building between the EU and China.

Hannah Ryder
Hannah Ryder

CEO of Development Reimagined (DR)

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In her current position, Hannah Ryder leads DR, an independent, international development consultancy that works with clients to develop innovative solutions to challenging poverty and environmental issues. The former diplomat and economist was recently named one of the 100 most influential Africans. Ryder is also a Senior Associate for the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), sits on the Board of the Environmental Defence Fund, and serves on the United Arab Emirates’ International Advisory Council on the New Economy. Previously, Ryder has also led the United Nations Development Programme’s work with China.

Robert Schoellhammer
Robert Schoellhammer

Representative at the European Representative Offices of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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As the ADB Representative to Europe, Robert Schoellhammer manages the bank’s relationship with its 17 European member countries. With a career in development banks spanning three decades, Schoellhammer previously served as an advisor to the ADB Director General of East Asia, during which time he worked on regional cooperation programmes in Central Asia, the Mekong and Northeast Asia, and as the ADB country director of Mongolia. He has also undertaken numerous and diverse assignments for the ADB in Manila and Washington, DC.

Bettina Schoen-Behanzin
Bettina Schoen-Behanzin

Chair of the Shanghai Chapter Board of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

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As the Regional Representative for Asia at the Freudenberg Group, Bettina Schoen-Behanzin leads the Regional Corporate Center in Shanghai. Fluent in Chinese, Schoen-Behanzin has over 25 years of professional experience in Asia and specifically China. Previously, Schoen-Behanzin served as director and president of the Board of the German Chamber Shanghai, managing director of Wittur Elevator Components, managing director of Rittal Electro-Mechanical Technology, general manager of Rittal China, as well as sales and marketing manager of Rittal Singapore.

Jacob Werksman
Jacob Werksman

Principal Advisor at the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA)

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At DG CLIMA, Jacob Werksman focuses on the international aspects of European climate policy. He notably supports the Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal and the European External Action Service in strengthening bilateral relationships between the EU and major economies, including the United States and India, among others. An international lawyer, Werksman previously provided legal and policy advice to developed and developing country governments, NGOs and international institutions in the context of the multilateral negotiations on climate change, biosafety and trade. He has also held posts at the World Resources Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development.

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