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The “up-ended” global order which has pitched the world into a maelstrom of uncertainty has put a stronger-than-ever focus on the upcoming 20th EU-China Summit to be held in Beijing this month.
With this and another key July meeting in Bulgaria – involving China and the ‘16+1’ Central and Eastern European countries – shaping the next phase in this multi-faceted relationship, Friends of Europe hosted the roundtable discussion “Europe, China and a changed global order” on 2 July with China’s Ambassador to the EU Zhang Ming and Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS). Tough questions on the agenda included: after 40 years of reform, are China’s markets an open or shut case for European exporters? Can there be real synergies between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the EU’s connectivity blueprint? How effectively have China and the EU worked together to tackle the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises?