Debates Videoconference
from 17:30 to 18:30
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Is it Time to Reassess EU-China Relations with Covid 19? Closed-door Seminar Series - German Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Before the Covid 19 crisis, the German presidency had set an ambitious agenda for EU-China relations, in particular with the prospect of an EU-China summit in Leipzig in September. 

This summit was aimed at concluding the negotiation of a “Comprehensive Agreement on Investment”. In the eyes of Chancellor Merkel, this summit should also provide a unique opportunity for EU leaders to “speak with one voice” to China.  The German government recently announced that the EU-China summit has been postponed.

What does this decision actually mean? Is it just a warning sign or the beginning of a “China reckoning” by Europeans?


  • Eric André Martin, Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri
  • Mikko Huotari, Executive Director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
  • John Seaman, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
Q & A
  • Paul Maurice, Research Fellow, Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri

Videoconference held in English - The day prior to the debate, registered participants will receive the link to join the session.


Contact the organizers: 

By invitation only. For more information on the debate and for registration, please contact Paul Maurice : maurice@ifri.org

Publications in relation with the event
Chinese Foreign Policy German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020 China Germany