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
- 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.
Covid-19 in Europe-China Relations: A country-level analysis Special Report of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), 29 April 2020
Analysis from 19 countries reveals the complexities of Europe’s relations with China amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry A Report of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), January 2020
Navigating the mounting tensions between the United States and China is a geopolitical minefield. Is Europe up to the challenge?