A promising start: First GSGP Workshop on EU-China Relations in Beijing
It was a promising start: For the first time, students of the German-Chinese Graduate School of Global Politics organized an international Workshop and brought together almost 40 young scholars from Europe and China. On March 5th and 6th they discussed the topic “China and Europe in 21st Century Global Politics: Partnership, Competition or Co-Evolution?” at Renmin University, Beijing. The workshop was opened by a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Klaus Segbers, Program Director, FU Berlin. Frank Hartmann, German Embassy, Prof. Zhou Hong, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Prof. Pang Zhongying, Renmin University, addressed issues like common interests of the EU and China and reasons for cooperation. They controversially discussed those with each other and the audience. More input was given by a Keynote Speech of Clemens Smolders, representing the EU Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China, as well as opening speeches by Prof. Chen Yue, Renmin University, and Prof. Klaus Segbers.
The following day was reserved for presentations of the young scholars who gave an interesting insight into their different fields of research on EU-China-relations. Four panel discussions structured the workshop: High Politics and Diplomacy, Socio-Economic Transition, Energy and Environmental Issues and the Role of Culture. Participants called the workshop very useful and successful. They appreciated especially the creation of a new international network on EU-China-relations and look forward to a continuation next year.
The workshop was conceptualized, prepared and fully organized by four GSGP students, Frauke Austermann, Ren Lin, Li Xinlei und Wang Xiaoguang. Financial support was provided by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Beijing.