Europe, China and a changed global order

02 July 2018 - 13:00 - 14:30

Ahead of the 20th EU-China Summit planned to be held in Beijing in July 2018, this by-invitation-only roundtable debate will bring together around 30 senior stakeholders from the EU institutions, governments and the private sector for a forward-looking conversation on what to expect from the summit, as well as the state of relations between the EU and China. The discussion will be interactive and focused on ways to take EU-China relations to a higher level.

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Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa has expanded beyond the traditional focus on development, trade, and security. Reflecting the changed geopolitical landscape and the increased global role of emerging economies, the focus of the EU and Friends of Europe is now also on Europe’s interaction with its global partners on climate change, connectivity and implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as terrorism and radicalisation. Our programmes and activities track these conversations – and foresee new ones - through publications and events that aim to make sense of our changing world.


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The rapidly-changing and increasingly fragile global order spotlights the European Union and China as champions of the multilateral rulebook. Both the EU and China are committed to safeguarding international peace and stability, implementing pledges made on climate change and Agenda 2030 and are resisting a worldwide slide into protectionism. The bilateral EU-China relationship is equally multi-faceted, with Brussels and Beijing currently discussing the impact of US trade policies on the global trading environment but also bilateral investment flows, access to markets and the many ways in which the Belt and Road Initiative impacts on Europe and the world.

  • How are Europe and China working together to deal with Iranian and North Korean nuclear plans?
  • What are the possible synergies for EU-China cooperation on climate change and Agenda 2030?
  • Can Europe and China overcome their different approaches and join forces on global connectivity initiatives?

Moderated by:
Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe  


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Amanda Rohde, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 11

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