European Institute for Asian Studies
China’s Future: Domestic and International Contradictions and Challenges
  • Start09:00 AM - Jun 20 2019
  • End05:00 PM - Jun 21 2019
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org
China is facing difficult challenges both at the domestic and international levels. The economic reforms started 40 years ago have radically transformed Chinese society. While they generated unprecedented economic growth, reduction of poverty and technological progress, they have also generated new contradictions and challenges in China and in its international relations.

At the domestic level, China is now facing growing environmental problems with rising human and economic costs. Demographic shifts raise the possibility of China getting old before getting rich, putting pressure on its welfare system and keeping China in the middle income trap. Domestic economic contradictions in the relationship between state and market leading to overcapacity and high levels of debt are weakening China’s growth prospects. Economic, demographic and environmental problems highlight the need to shift from extensive to intensive growth relying increasingly on knowledge, technology and robotics rather than on massive capital investment and cheap labour. At the same time, inequality and regional disparities continue to widen, generating political and social tensions in the CCP’s core values. Corruption, state embezzlement, real estate bubbles and capital flight have been important threats to macroeconomic, social and political stability of China.

At the international level, China’s rising influence in the economic, political and cultural fields has reshaped international relations and global governance. But as China is turning into a global power, it faces new coalitions seeking to check its expansion through diplomatic, economic and even military means as they fear the impact of a rising China. China’s Belt and Road may generate an acceleration of economic integration across the Eurasian continent and reshape existing international alliances but outside China it is often seen as an attempt to remake the international order in its own image. Existing multilateral economic institutions are being challenged by China’s growing financial resources, but also by the recent unilateralist stance of the US administration, generating worries in the international community of the rise of a confrontational G2 engaged in economic warfare. While tensions exist between China, the US and other powers over access to energy and raw materials they also increasingly focus on technology, markets and the role of the state in the economy.

The purpose of this two-day conference is to bring together international academics and experts from different disciplines to assess the state of play of these current contradictions and challenges and their possible outcomes. The goal is to create networks of interdisciplinary research and to widen the scope of analysis of the participants by providing an insight into China’s current affairs from different perspectives and disciplines. It also aims to show the possible domestic and international links of China’s contradictions and challenges.

 

Day 1: Thursday 20th June

09h00 Registration

09h30 Welcome and opening speech

09h45-11h15 Panel 1. Domestic Economic Challenges
Chair: Prof. Dr. Xinning SONG (Renmin University-VUB)
Prof. Dr. HUANG Weiping (Renmin University) China’s Economic Slowdown and its Impacts
Dr Duncan FREEMAN (College of Europe) China’s Outward Investment: Domestic Determinants and External Impacts, Continuities and Discontinuities
Prof. Dr. SHI Shiwei (UIBE Bejing-Jing Mao Daxue & Freie Universität Berlin) Industrial Upgrading in China

11h15-11h30 Coffee Break

11h30-13h00 Panel 2. Domestic Political and Social Challenges
Chair: Dr. Lin Goethals (EIAS)
Prof. Dr. LIU Chunrong (Fudan University & University of Copenhagen) Charting China’s Political Reform
Prof. Dr. GU Xuewu (Universität Bonn CGS) The Thucydides Trap between the US and China?Domestic Perspective
.Prof. Dr. ZHANG Chongfu (Sichuan University) China’s Poverty Alleviation and Social equality
Prof. Dr. QIN Shan (Jinan University) Chinese Educational Reform and Social Equality

13h00-14h00 Lunch

14h00-15h30. Panel 3. Energy and Environment Challenges
Chair: Pr.Dr. Jing Men (College of Europe)
Dr Coraline GORON (Oxford University) & Sarah Van EYNDE (KULeuven)
ZHANG Yunhan (Ghent University) China’s Climate Policy in the Paris Regime
Rowan ALCOCK (Oxford University) Beyond ‘Green Growth’; Chinese Environmental Transformation From the Ground Up?

15h30-15h45 Coffee Break

15h45-18h00 Panel 4. China and Great Powers
Chair: Prof. Dr. David FOUQUET (EIAS- CERIS ULB)
Dr. Dorothée VANDAMME (UCLouvain-UMons) The Chinese Alternative: Socializing States into Compatible Roles
Prof. Dr. Tanguy STRUYE,(UCLouvain) Rebuilding Global Inclusion: Time for a New American Grand Strategy Integrating China
Prof. Dr. Barthélémy COURMONT (Université Catholique de Lille, IRIS) On China-Japan Relations
Prof. Dr. LI Wei (Renmin University) China and the United States: Trade Disputes and Beyond
GAO Weiyuan (CGGS KULeuven) & Prof.Dr. Jan WOUTERS (CGGS KULeuven) China’s Contribution to Sustainable Development within the G20

Day 2: Friday 21st June

9h30 Panel 5. Religion, Minorities and Ethnicity in China
Chair: Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe DEFRAIGNE (UCLouvain Saint-Louis)
Hacer Z. Gonul (ULB EASt) The Disappearance of the “Model Muslim Minority” in Xi Jinping’s New China: Intended Policy or Side Fffect?
Prof. Dr.Vanessa FRANGVILLE (ULB EASt) The Depoliticization of the Ethnic Question in China

10h30-10h45 Coffee break

10h45-12h45 Panel 6. China, BRI and the world
Chair: Dr Duncan FREEMAN (College of Europe)
Dr. Jeanne BODEN (China Conduct) Contradictions in China’s Domestic and International Communication: The Problem of China’s Global Image
Prof. dr. Xinning SONG (Renmin University & VUB) BRI and EU-China Relations
Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe DEFRAIGNE (UCLouvain Saint-Louis) Is the BRI a Game-changer? Connectivity, the Global Value Chain and the Rise of China as a New Centre of the World Economy?
Prof. Dr. Richard GRIFFITHS (Universiteit Leiden) Emerging from the Shadows. The EU and Eurasian Connectivity

12h45 Lunch

13h45-15h30 Panel 7. Debt, Security and Development along the BRI
Chair: Solange GUO CHATELARD (Science Po Paris)
Prof. Dr. Chris ALDEN (London School of Economics) Brave new world? Debt, Industrialisation and Security in China-Africa Relations
Prof. Dr. Thierry PAIRAULT (EHESS-CNRS) Chinese Ports” Along the Maritime Silk Road with a Special Focus on the Mediterranean Region
Prof.Dr Barry SAUTMAN (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) Tales of the Debt Trap: China, the US and the New Yellow Peril
Dealan RIGA (Université de Liège) The Sino-Pakistani Cooperation: a Geostrategic Vision of the BRI?

15h15-15h30 Coffee Break

15h15–16h45 Panel 8. China, Regionalism and East Asia
Chair: Prof. Dr. Jan WOUTERS (CGGS KULeuven)
Prof. Dr. Mario TELO (Académie Royale des Sciences, ULB)
Prof. dr. WANG Junsheng (CASS) China and Northeast Asia
Prof. dr. ZHANG Zhenjiang (Jinan University) China and Free Trade Agreement of Asia Pacific
Dr. YUAN Feng (ULB)

17h00-17h15 Conclusion
Prof. Dr. Xinning SONG (Renmin & VUB)


The purpose of this two-day conference is to bring together international academics and experts from different disciplines to assess the state of play of these current contradictions and challenges and their possible outcomes. The goal is to create networks of interdisciplinary research and to widen the scope of analysis of the participants by providing an insight into China’s current affairs from different perspectives and disciplines. It also aims to show the possible domestic and international links of China’s contradictions and challenges.

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