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The EU in the AIIB: taming China’s influence from within

By Balazs Ujvari, Fleur Huijskens, Richard Turcsanyi (24-05-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

With the recent approval of the membership request of Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Ireland and Romania, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will soon count 20 EU countries among its members. But how could the EU make the most of this presence in the bank? Apart from direct business opportunities for its private sector, there are strategic, read more…

Maritime Security: Belgium’s interests and options

By Various authors (27-04-2017)

In Other publications

As a trading nation with a strong maritime tradition (half of its trade is seaborne), a self-styled champion of regional integration, a proponent of the rule of law, and a pioneer in naval “pooling and sharing” practices, read more…

Friday, 28 April 2017

Strategic Partnerships as a new form of alignment? Comparative lessons from Asia and Europe

Conference from 14:00 - 16:00 (by invitation only)

Our guest speaker will be Dr Thomas Wilkins, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. He will discuss strategic partnerships from a theoretical background (their place read more…

The US and China between dependence and rivalry

By Gustaaf Geeraerts (10-04-2017)

In Commentaries

One should not be surprised at the tensions between China and the US. An emerging power will always engender suspicion on the part of the existing superpower. read more…

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Taiwan issue and EU-China relations

Academic workshop (on invitation only)

Taiwan is a sensitive issue in Chinese foreign policy. The One China Policy is one of the foundations for all major powers in the world to manage relationship with China. The Trump Administration in the United States reconfirmed its position just recently. The European Union always adhered to the One China policy and recognises the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China. However, it recognises Taiwan as an economic and commercial entity, has solid relations with Taiwan in non-political areas and read more…

EU-China co-operation in global governance: going beyond the conceptual gap

By Balazs Ujvari (05-04-2017)

In Egmont papers

This Egmont paper aims to identify ways of overcoming the deadlock that often characterises EU-China co-operation in multilateral institutions and processes due to their differing interpretations of global governance. The paper draws on the perspectives of four Chinese experts of EU-China relations, read more…

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Trump administration and US-China relations: The Chinese and European perspectives

Workshop and academic debate 16:00-18:00

With the new US president taking office on 20 January 2017, it is necessary to reflect on the future of US-China relations, and their impact on Europe. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump criticized China strongly on trade and regional security. He also raised tensions by entertaining a phone conversation with the Taiwanese leader, hence questioning the One-China policy. Whereas his team includes notable hardliners towards China, read more…

Europe and China’s New Silk Roads

By Alice Ekman, Frans-Paul van der Putten, John Seaman, Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Mikko Huotari (23-12-2016)

In Other publications

The purpose of this report is to provide a comparative perspective of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative (OBOR), as seen from the various European Union (EU) member states. It covers the role of OBOR in the relations read more…

Green diplomacy. India and the new dynamics in global climate talks

By Balazs Ujvari (05-12-2016)

In Other publications

Until recently, emerging powers’ actions in multilateral structures were mainly driven by the desire to water down or derail robust proposals backed by developed countries (especially the EU). In the past two years, however, emerging powers have read more…

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

DAY 2: China-Belgium Diplomatic Relations at 45 Years: Belgium As the Gateway for EU-China Relations

Conference DAY 2 - from 09:00 - 13:00

The year of 2016 is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and Belgium. As the host city of most EU institutions and several read more…