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Europe and China's New Silk Roads

As China elaborates on the design of its "Belt and Road Initiative" (OBOR), the place of Europe within this project is slowly but surely taking shape.

From rail projects in Poland and Germany to port projects in Greece and Latvia, Europe is a converging point for both the overland and maritime dimensions of China's grand project. But while it offers a number of opportunities for investment and economic development, OBOR does not present the same across Europe and is even viewed with scepticism in some capitals. 

This seminar will present and discuss the findings of the latest report by the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) that seeks to flesh out some of these varying perspectives. Based on a case study analysis of fourteen countries within the EU, the report takes a "bottom-up" approach, examining the development of the OBOR project within each country, as well as at the EU institutional level. During the seminar, some of the report's authors will discuss China's approach to Europe and European responses within the context of OBOR.

  • John Seaman, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
  • Frans Paul Van der Putten, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague
  • Mario Esteban, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid
  • Mikko Huotari, Head of the Chinese Foreign Relations Program, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Berlin


  • Daniel Guyader, Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service (EEAS)

ETNC is a network of China specialists from think tanks across Europe co-founded by Ifri and the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain) in 2014. Meeting on a semi-annual basis, the network now counts representatives from institutes in 15 countries throughout the EU.


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New Silk Roads European Union China