GSGP holds the Second Workshop on Europe-China Relations in Global Politics focusing on the role of new Leadership.
News from Mar 25, 2013
As part of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations, the Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP), together with ESSCA School of Management and the College of Europe in Bruges, organised the Second Workshop on Europe-China Relations in Global Politics on March 4th and 5th 2013. The Workshop took place at the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China. More than 80 participants from both Europe and China discussed the pressing issues that characterise Sino-European cooperation in the light of leadership changes in both regions, with the ultimate aim of establishing a true strategic partnership.
Professors and think tank experts, PhD candidates and graduate students as well as diplomats agreed that the EU-China strategic partnership needs more political investment from both Europe and China.
Prof. Yan Jin, Deputy Dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University, and Prof. Klaus Segbers, Director of the Center for Global Politics at Free University Berlin, welcomed the second edition of the initiative and emphasised the importance of networks that are established to last. Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of the China office in Shanghai of Konrad Adenauer Foundation, highlighted the need to link domestic solutions to regional cooperation to achieve the best results in Europe and China.
Prof. Song Xinning, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Renmin University, stressed that the new Chinese leadership will be characterised by continuous development rather than radical change with Prime Minister Li Keqiang opting for a pragmatic approach vis-à-vis Europe. Prof. Segbers concurred by pointing at structural constraints that remain unchanged despite new leaders in both China and Europe. Europe for example will have to see more fiscal and social integration in order to match currency integration.
Dr. Chen Xin of the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences focused on trade relations. He underlined the new potential in reciprocal investment and urbanisation – despite Europe not taking centre-stage in China’s strategic considerations. Dr. Klaus Vietze of the German Embassy to China agreed that Europe might not be China’s pivot, but that the inter-linkage between both sides is now all-encompassing, engulfing every aspect of political, economic and cultural life. Therefore, the true meaning of the EU-China strategic partnership should be long-term, comprehensive and more goal-oriented.
Subsequent sessions of the workshop delved into greater detail on the specifics of each of the issues addressed. Expert moderators from China and Europe welcomed early-stage and established researchers to present their findings on topics as diverse as “The Role of (New-) Leadership in EU-China Relations”, “Strategic Resources and Trade Relations”, “Urbanisation and Global Cities”, as well as “‘Diplomacy from Below’? EU-China People-to-People Exchanges”. Both, Chinese and European participants were very interested and thankful for the innovative and thought-provoking suggestions by the Workshop participants and highlighted the value added by this Workshop.
The Workshop was co-organised by the Graduate School of Global Politics of Free University Berlin together with the School of International Studies of Renmin University of China and with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Beijing. The event was part of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations. The Workshop was conceptualised and implemented by a group of GSGP students and Alumni including Dr. des. Frauke Austermann, Anastas Vangeli, Julia Soeffner and Maximilian Rech. The organising committee was supported by a group of very helpful and dedicated students from Renmin University of China.
For a full report, pictures of the Workshop and the papers and abstracts presented, please visit www.uaces.org/china.