EU-China Relations and Connectivity


3 October 2019


Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8bis, 1000 Brussels

The Brussels Academy for China and European Studies and the Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Egmont, have the pleasure of inviting you to a conference on EU-China relations in the light of connectivity. China’s Belt and Road Initiative is the most prominent example of a global actor pursuing a geo-economic strategy. The EU, however, has been using its economic instruments to pursue its political objectives to great effect for a long time. Its EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy is only the latest development. What does the growing importance of connectivity mean for the future of EU-China relations.






08.30-09.00 Registration

09.00-09.15 Welcome

  • Prof. Dr. Sven BISCOP, Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont Institute & Ghent University
  • Prof. Shuiquan ZHENG, Vice Chair, University Council, Renmin University of China

09.15-10.45 Panel 1: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Chair: Prof. Dr.  Sven Biscop, Egmont Institute & Ghent University

  • Prof. Dr. Weiping HUANG, Renmin University of China
  • Prof. Dr. Zhiqin SHI, Tsinghua University
  • Prof. Dr. Gustaaf GEERAERTS, Fudan University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Prof. Dr. Franco ALGIERI, Webster University Vienna

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break

11.15-12.45 Panel 2: The EU’s EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy

Chair: Gustaaf Geeraerts , Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont Institute

  • Asad BEG, EEAS
  • Prof. Dr, Chun DING, Fudan University
  • Prof. Dr. Hua XIN, Shanghai International Studies University
  • Shada ISLAM, Friends of Europe


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