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In the midst of an uncertain and evolving geopolitical environment, the by-invitation-only Europe-China Policy & Practice Roundtable will discuss areas of convergence and divergence between Europe and China. This year’s exclusive event will bring together around 30 Chinese and European scholars, think tank representatives, policymakers and business representatives for an open and lively debate on EU-China relations.

Participants will look at ongoing sectoral dialogues and areas in which Europe and China are moving closer together and those where they diverge. What steps should the EU and China take to conclude their Comprehensive Investment Agreement by 2020? Is the “breakthrough” joint statement of April 2019 proof that the relationship between the EU and China is maturing? As they continue to interweave their strategic interests through increased sectoral cooperation, how are China and the EU tackling their national and bilateral interests?

Recommendations from the Roundtable will be brought into discussion with a wider audience during the Europe-China Forum on 19 November. Click here to view the full Forum programme.

 


Kick-starters and participants include

Maja Bakran Marcich

European Commission Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport

Pan Chunlin

Executive Trustee and Deputy Secretary-General of the China Electronics Standardization Association

John-Christophe Defraigne

Professor in Economics at the Institute for European Studies of Saint-Louis University-Brussels

Richard Ghiasy

Associate Researcher in the China and Asia Security Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Senior Fellow at Leiden University’s Asia Centre

Wu Hailong

Chairman of the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) and former ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the EU (2011-2014)

Adeline Hinderer

Head of Unit for Relations with the Far East in the European Commission Directorate-General for Trade

Weinian Hu

Research Fellow in the Regulatory Policy Unit at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Miao Lu (Mabel)

Co-Founder and Secretary General of the Center for China & Globalization (CCG)

Katrin Otto

CFO/COO of the China Europe International Exchange (CEINEX)

Su Xiaohui

Deputy Director-General of the Center for International Strategic Studies at the China Institute of International Studies


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Schedule

Schedule

Welcome and registration of participants
Session I – Trade and investments: breakthrough or bust? Expand Session I – Trade and investments: breakthrough or bust?

Europe and China are in the process of redefining their relations to reflect a changing global environment and compelling new imperatives in their bilateral ties. As defined by the EU “outlook” on relations with China released earlier this year, relations between Brussels and Beijing are a mix of cooperation and competition. A joint declaration released – after many hours of tough negotiation – at the EU-China Summit in April underlined both sides’ commitment to build their economic relationship on “openness, non-discrimination and fair competition”. The statement, described as a “breakthrough” by EU Council President Donald Tusk, underlines both sides’ commitment to achieve “decisive progress” on a range of trade and investment issues and remove key barriers in bilateral trade relations.

  • What steps should the EU and China take to conclude their Comprehensive Investment Agreement by 2020, and will this bring the two any closer to a free trade agreement?
  • What does the commitment to deepening the EU-China economic relationship mean for private sector hoping to invest abroad?
  • How can the EU and China take advantage of the service consumption demands of China’s 1.4 billion people in order to strengthen cooperation?
Coffee break
Session II – Political relations and sectoral dialogues: why green, blue and tech top the list Expand Session II – Political relations and sectoral dialogues: why green, blue and tech top the list

Despite an uncertain and evolving geopolitical environment, the EU and China are moving closer together through a number of so-called “sectoral dialogues”. The joint statement issued after April’s EU-China Summit highlighted that the two are engaging in sectoral dialogues across a range of fields, including: mobility and migration; cyberspace; innovation cooperation; 5G networks; people-to-people connections; and water policy. Both are also working to implement the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and are fighting against other environmental challenges like biodiversity loss and maritime pollution. As they continue to interweave their strategic interests through increased sectoral cooperation, how are China and the EU tackling their national and bilateral interests?

  • Is the “breakthrough” joint statement of April 2019 proof that the political relationship between the EU and China is maturing?
  • What concrete work is being done through the EU and China’s numerous sectoral dialogues, and in what areas can communication and cooperation between the two still be improved?
  • How are China and the EU already cooperating and what more can they do to: employ green finance for environmental and economic sustainability; tackle the challenges of rapid population ageing through social policy and institutional innovation; and overcome their disagreements over 5G networks?
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