This briefing seminar will shed light on the common elements shared by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the EU’s new connectivity strategy, as well as on the crucial role played by EU Member State and their different perceptions.
China’s BRI and the EU Strategy for Connecting Europe and Asia – Synergies and EU Member States Perspectives
- Start04:00 PM - Dec 11 2019
- End06:30 PM - Dec 11 2019
- Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels
- +32 2 230 81 22
Prof. Nanping YU, Professor at the School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS), East China Normal University (ECNU)
Dr Eva GROSS, Policy Officer, China Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Dr Wei SHI, Counsellor, Mission of China to the EU
Panel Discussion with:
Dr. Bas HOOIJMAAIJERS, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at SAIAS, ECNU
Dr. Shumei ZHANG, Professor and Research Fellow at SAIAS, ECNU
Mr Grzegorz STEC, Associate Researcher, EIAS
Introduction and moderation: Xavier NUTTIN, Advisory Board Member, EIAS
Since PRC’s President Xi Jinping launched it in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has greatly expanded in many areas of the world. Through investments in transportation, energy and communication infrastructures, the BRI has been promoting connectivity between China and the rest of Asia reaching also the Middle East, Africa and even Europe. Increasing connectivity with Asia has become a central objective for the European Union, as well, which in 2018 presented a new and comprehensive strategy to improve the links between the two Continents involving transport, digital, energy and people-to-people networks. At first sight, China’s and the EU’s different approaches seem to lead to competition. Yet, China’s BRI and the EU’s new connectivity strategy also entail complementary aspects that might encourage greater cooperation.
The European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) cordially invites you to a Briefing Seminar addressing these issues on 11 December 2019 in Brussels. The event will shed light on the common elements shared by the two strategies, as well as on the crucial role played by EU Member State and their different perceptions.
Wednesday, 11 December, 16h00 – 18h30
Registration from 15h30
Followed by a networking reception
Venue: EIAS, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels