China’s increased international assertiveness combined with domestic power recentralization and economic slowdown meet a fragmented, crises ridden Europe. While China is actively creating and shaping international institutional landscapes, Europe is struggling to deal with an increasingly self-confident China and with its state-driven economy moving to the centre of the global economic system.
Following decades of relative stability, the relations between the two are likely heading towards stormier waters, marked by more pronounced tensions and possible conflicts. China’s proactive new foreign policy pressures Europe to define its positions vis-à-vis China with more clarity and coherence. During times in which common global challenges call for joint solutions, a constructive re-crafting of the Sino-European relationship is one of the most fundamental and difficult task Europe is facing in the years ahead.
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China’s economic slowdown: Adding to Europe’s troubles
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:30 – 12:30
CHAIR & MODERATOR
Genia Kostka, Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure, Hertie School; Berlin, Co-chair of the Dahrendorf Working Group ‘Europe and China’
Reinhard Bütikofer, Member European Parliament, Brussels
Björn Conrad, Vice President Research, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Co-chair of the Dahrendorf Working Group ‘Europe and China’, Berlin
Christine Wong, Professor and Director, Center for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne
Jörg Wuttke, President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Beijing