Strategic conversation with Zhang Ming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

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Strategic conversation with Zhang Ming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

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2020 started off as a breakthrough year for EU-China relations, until COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works. The year was marked with tensions in global partnerships, WTO disputes, increasingly protectionist policies, security threats and retaliations and the need for multilateralism and a global stance has become crucial. As the European Recovery Plan and the Chinese 14th Five Year Plan have highlighted both parties’ new domestic and international priorities, concerns are rising as to how the China-EU relationship will evolve in the months and years. Shifting transpacific relationships, security tensions and the increase in global interest for African development underline the need for a dialogue centred around economic cooperation and strategic non-belligerent alliances.

Following the announcement of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), this Strategic Conversation with Zhang Ming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union, will look at the future of Europe-China relations in a post-COVID world.

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Strategic conversation with Zhang Ming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union Expand Strategic conversation with Zhang Ming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

Questions to be considered include:

  • What are China’s expectations regarding its relationship with the EU in the context of leadership changes in Germany and hardening attitudes toward China in Europe?
  • How will the inauguration of the new US President and the EU’s proposal of new transatlantic agenda affect China-EU relations?
  • Does the agreement of the CAI show that Europe has realised its future lies Eastward rather than to the West?
  • What does the future hold for the 17+1 plans now that the CAI has been agreed??
  • How will China reconcile pandemic recovery with long-term economic planning, and is there a model for Europe to learn from in China’s approach?

Speaker

Zhang Ming

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson

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Speakers

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Zhang Ming
Zhang Ming

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

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Zhang Ming has had a long and distinguished career in the diplomatic service, specialising in West Asian and North African affairs. Starting his career by working in Chinese embassies in Yemen, Oman and Israel, he later became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kenya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat. Prior to his appointment to Ambassador of the Chinese Mission to the EU, Zhang served as Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dharmendra Kanani
Dharmendra Kanani

Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.

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