China and Europe in 21st Century Global Politics: Partnership, Competition or Co-Evolution?

March 5 Monday

Date/time

March 5 - 6, 2012

Loc.

Beijing

With

Prof. Klaus Segbers, Free University Berlin; Prof. Chen Yue, Renmin University; Prof. Pang Zhongying, Renmin University; Prof. Zhou Hong, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Clemens Smolders, Head of the EU-China STF-Programme

Type

Workshop

A workshop (collaboration between Free University Berlin and Renmin University Beijing) addressed possible future prospects for the relationship of China and Europe in the 21st century. The KAS Office in Beijing supported this important project.

Also available in Deutsch, 中文

This Venue was first initiated by the Graduate School of Global Politics of Free University Berlin and the Chinese counterpart Renmin University Beijing. KAS/Beijing supported this genuine effort for a transnational dialogue between the new academic generations. The Workshop is the first of its kind gathering young academics from China and Europe to discuss the topic of possible future prospects for the relationship between China and Europe in the 21st century.

The Workshop was opened to participants of science, society and politics. On the first day Prof. Klaus Segbers, Free University Berlin, Prof. Chen Yue, Renmin University, and Clemens Smolders, Head of the EU-China Science and Technology Fellowship Programme, were holding opening speeches to welcome the diverse field of participants and were eager to know what the new generation of academics would have to offer. The following Expert panel discussion which consisted of the well known participants Prof. Pang Zhongying, Renmin University, Prof. Zhou Hong, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Frank Hartmann, Germany Embassy/Beijing, shared under Prof. Segbers moderation their thoughts on the workshops topic and their personal opinions about the future outlook of EU-China Relations.

Overall there was a certain consent between the participants that the situation is really positive right now and argued that a Co-Evolution takes place, in which both – Partnership and Competition – are basic elements of the relationship but also shape future challenges. The Expert panel’s insight was well received by the younger academics, who in the following time of the workshop tried to add the originated perspectives of the experts to their own reason.

The second day focused in panel discussions on a debate about four major topics: High Politics and Diplomacy, Socio-Economic Transition, Energy and Environmental Issues, The Role of Culture. The following intense debate featured many policy suggestions with a transnational scope and a development outlook for the future tendencies of Europe and China Relations. The presented working papers gave an important impulse and motivated the young academics to engage further in the debate. The participants reached in the end a mutual understanding that the relationship between Europe and China is not only defined by the foreign-policy goals, but especially by the challenges for domestic policymakers. Thus there is first a need for a deeper understanding of the counterpart’s challenges on the domestic level to understand the logic of the Europe and China relationship and to be able to enhance the relationship between these two regions.

Experten-Panel mit (v.l.) Prof. Chen Yue, Prof. Klaus Segbers, Prof. Zhou Hong, Frank Hartmann, Prof. Pang Zhongying und Clemens Smolders

Expert-Panel (beginning from the left side): Prof. Chen Yue, Prof. Klaus Segbers, Prof. Zhou Hong, Frank Hartmann, Prof. Pang Zhongying and Clemens Smolders

Die Teilnehmer des Workshops hören gespannt den ersten Impulsbeiträgen des Expertenpanels zu.

The participants of the workshop follow closely the first arguments of the Expert-Panel.

Der erste Panel zum Thema High Politics und Diplomacy (v.l. Dr. Enrico Fardella, Anastas Vangeli, Frauke Austermann, Song Tianyang, He Yin) geht auf die Fragen des Publikums ein.

The first panel on the second day on the topic High Politcs and High Diplomacy: (beginning left) Dr. Enrico Fardella, Anastas Vangeli, Frauke Austermann, Song Tianyang and He Yin answer questions.

Contact person

Thomas Awe

Resident Representative in Japan | Regional Representative for Economic Policy

Thomas Awe
Phone +81 3 6426-5041
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ 中文