Europe-China Relations: From promises to action

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Europe-China Relations: From promises to action

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EU-China Forum

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The two day Policy and Practice Roundtable, to be held in Changsha – Hunan Province, will take a close look at the potential for stronger EU-China cooperation to boost global growth, encourage innovation and reform and ensure closer consultation on international affairs. Participants will also debate ways to enhance people-to-people contacts. The discussion will build on the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation agreed at the EU-China summit in Beijing in November 2013 and the pledge made by President Xi Jinping and EU leaders in March 2014 to deepen the EU-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Participants will study and analyse ways in which the different pledges and promises for stronger EU-China cooperation made by leaders can be turned into practical action.

Schedule

Schedule

Opening remarks
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Keynote Speakers

Carmen Cano

Deputy Ambassador at the EU Delegation to China

Ma Zhengang

Vice President, China Public Diplomacy Association and former Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Qi Mei

Deputy Director-General of the department of European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China

Chairs

Lv Fengding

Vice President of the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) and Former Chinese Ambassador to Sweden

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

SESSION I: China and Europe: A new impetus for development
Expand SESSION I: China and Europe: A new impetus for development

Stronger trade and investment relations have been identified as key to a further deepening of EU-China relations. Together, China and the EU make up one-third of the global economy. Exports to China are powering Europe’s slow but steady recovery while European markets remain vitally important for Chinese exporters. Bilateral China-EU trade stood at a buoyant 428 billion euros last year, with President Xi Jinping saying the two sides should explore the possibility of a free trade agreement in a bid to boost bilateral trade to 700 billion euros by 2020. More can also be done to increase China-EU investments. China currently accounts for just 2% to 3% of overall European investments abroad and while Chinese investments in Europe are rising, they represent only 2.6% of total foreign direct investments into the EU. How important is it for China and the EU to negotiate a free trade agreement? What would be the impact of such a deal on the global economy and the multilateral trading system? What is the state of play in negotiations on an EU-China Investment Agreement? What are the prospects for such a deal and where the main stumbling blocks? What are the main challenges facing EU investors in China and Chinese investors in Europe?

Speakers

Cui Hongjian

Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Department for European Studies of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

Iana Dreyer

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Borderlex

Alessandro Marongiu

Government Affairs Manager at Huawei Technologies

Mei Zhaorong

Former President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and Former Ambassador to Germany, PRC

Francis Snyder

Professor of Law, EU Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Transnational Law at the Peking University School of Transnational Law

Moderator

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

Lunch break
CONVERSATION: Innovation-oriented societies
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Both China and Europe face the challenge of fostering innovation. Sustainable and inclusive growth in China requires stronger attention to fostering innovation. Europe’s “Innovation Union” initiative is meant to create an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier to turn great ideas into job and growth-generating products and services. In China, recent policy initiatives show the government’s determination to step up investment in science and technology and build a full-fledged, high-performing national innovation system and an “innovation-oriented” society by 2020. Is China on track to become a world class innovator? What efforts has China made to set up a comprehensive Intellectual Property Rights legal framework to encourage innovation? How can universities help create an innovation and entrepreneurial culture? Can the EU and China enhance cooperation on research and innovation? What is the state of play of European transfers of technology to China? What are the main obstacles? What role can technology and communications play in strengthening overall EU-China relations? How can the private sector contribute to make the case for strengthening cooperation in industrial policy and technology cooperation?

Speaker

Xu Heping

Director, Research Department at the Ministry of Science and Technology, China

Moderator

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

SESSION II: Urbanisation strategy: Stories from Europe and China
Expand SESSION II: Urbanisation strategy: Stories from Europe and China

The scale and pace of urban development in China continues to be watched with a mix of admiration and concern. By 2030 Chinese cities are expected to be home to about 1 billion people, about 70% of the country’s population. Leaders have made urbanisation a national priority, unveiling the “National New-type Urbanisation Plan” to steer the process onto a “human-centred and environmentally friendly” path. Promises for reform cover a relaxation of hukou or residency restrictions, strengthening land rights and enhancing the country’s social safety net. Europe is well placed to help China translate these promises into practical action. What steps can be taken to strengthen the China-EU Partnership on Urbanisation at the political and practical level? How can both sides deepen their cooperation to improve city design and the delivery of public services? Are there any key lessons to be shared as regards Europe’s experience in areas such as healthcare, clean mobility, regional and rural development? How can both sides foster knowledge sharing between cities and strengthen cooperation among enterprises?

Speakers

Liu Zhiqin

Senior Researcher at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China

Alice Rezkova

Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs (AMO)

Song Ziqian

Director of the Institute of Tourism Policy and Strategy Studies at the Chinese Academy of Tourism

Zhu Wenwei

Director of the Center for Urban Development at the China City Development Academy

Moderator

Yao Yao

Director of Research at the CPDA

Dinner
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OPENING CEREMONY - Xiang Jiang Forum (湘江论坛): Co-operation on City Building
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“Xiang Jiang Forum (湘江论坛): Co-operation on City Building” will be held from 20-22 October 2014 in Changsha, Hunan Province by China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), with the support of the Foreign Ministry of the P.R.C. and Hunan Provincial Government.

The theme of the forum is to exchange experiences on the urban development from the perspectives of different countries and to promote international co-operations on how to build a better city.

Speakers

Li Zhaoxing

President of China Public Diplomacy Association and Governor of Hunan Provincial People’s Goverment

Francesco Rutelli

Chairman of Associazione Priorita’ Cultura

Long Yongtu

Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University

Lunch break
SESSION III: Shared Destiny: New Silk Road between China and Europe
Expand SESSION III: Shared Destiny: New Silk Road between China and Europe

Tackling 21st Century foreign policy challenges requires the building of global partnerships. Europe and China share a commitment to multilateralism and to diplomacy in dealing with a rapidly-changing and often unstable world. Europe remains an important regional and global actor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently promised a stronger role as a “responsible big power”. Beijing is seeking not only a “new type of great power relations” with the United States and reinforced cooperation with Europe but is also building stronger ties with ASEAN and Africa as well as with Central and South America. A plethora of new bilateral and multilateral initiatives have been announced including projects such as the Silk Road Economic Belt through Central Asia, Russia and eastern Europe and the corresponding Maritime Silk Road with ASEAN. Beijing is also actively pursuing free trade agreements with its neighbours, including Australia, South Korea, and India. The outreach has gone hand in hand with a firm stance on the East and South China Sea territorial disputes. Is China poised to take a more active role in international issues, including global governance challenges, and does it now see itself as a global norm-setter? Are EU-China relations still important and relevant in a rapidly-evolving globalised environment? With Europe and China agreeing to start an annual development dialogue, what are the main opportunities—and barriers— to strengthen cooperation in this field? How can both sides ensure closer cooperation in tackling 21st century challenges?

Speakers

Oliver Bräuner

Researcher with SIPRI's China and Global Security Project

Pang Zhongying

Director of Global Governance Research Centre at the Renmin Universtiy

Justyna Szczudlik-Tatar

Analyst for the International Economic Relations and Global Issues Programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

Gudrun Wacker

Asia Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Germany

Xu Mingqi

President of the Shanghai Institute for European Studies

Moderator

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

Tea break
SESSION IV: People to people: Partnership for civilisation
Expand SESSION IV: People to people: Partnership for civilisation

Recognising that building trust is essential to forge a truly strategic partnership, the EU and China have expanded their relationship beyond politics and trade to include a much-needed “High-Level People-to-People Dialogue” (HPPD). In recent discussions, both sides have also agreed to pay special attention to strengthening culture, education and youth exchanges. A range of joint initiatives have been launched under the HPPD framework, including the EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue in 2012, the Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchange and the China Tuning project,  aimed at jointly defining learning outcomes to better compare education systems. What progress has been made so far in encouraging more people-to-people contact between China and Europe, particularly among the youth? What strategies can be implemented to foster better understanding between the two sides? What are the main priority areas for strengthening cultural cooperation? What further steps can be taken to expand opportunities for mobility in education and increase the number of exchanges between students and scholars? What are public perceptions of China in Europe and vice versa? What is the role of traditional and new media in forming and debunking those misperceptions?  How can both sides ensure better access to knowledge on respective institutional settings, actors and organisations to foster dialogue and cooperation?

Speakers

Zhou Hong

Former Director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of European Studies

Ingrid D'Hooghe

Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Tamas Matura

Assistant Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest

Zhang Yuanyuan

Former Ambassador of China to Belgium

Zhang Weiwei

Director of the Center for China Development Model Research at the Fudan University

Moderator

Yao Yao

Director of Research at the CPDA

Closing remarks Reinvigorating the EU-China Strategic Partnership: The way ahead
Expand Closing remarks Reinvigorating the EU-China Strategic Partnership: The way ahead

Based on the two-day discussions, participants will be asked to provide actionable recommendations to boost EU-China relations. The moderator will collect action points and synthesise into an agenda for action — providing a relevant list of insightful take-aways to share with policymakers and business leaders on both sides.

Dinner
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Cui Hongjian
Cui Hongjian

Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Department for European Studies of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

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In his current role, Cui Hongjian directs and oversees all research projects of the CIIS’s Department of European Studies. He has been associated with the CIIS for over two decades. Cui is also a Member of the China Economic and Social Council, Vice-President of the Council of the Chinese Association of European Studies and the Executive Director of the European Studies Center at the China Foundation for International Studies.

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Francis Snyder

Professor of Law, EU Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Transnational Law at the Peking University School of Transnational Law

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