Astrid Pepermans

Senior Research Fellow

Reconnect China Program (Horizon 2020)


Astrid Pepermans is a Senior Research Fellow at the Egmont Institute. She represents Egmont in the Reconnect China Program (Horizon 2020).

Astrid obtained a master’s degree in Political Sciences and started working as a teaching assistant at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in 2015. She finished her PhD thesis on the Sino-European political/economic relationship end of 2020. During her studies, Astrid conducted a study visit at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and, within the framework of her PhD, she was part of an exchange project at the Renmin University in Beijing.

In 2021, she started working as an assistant at the department of judicial investigation of the Court of First Instance in Antwerp, while obtaining an additional master’s degree in International and European Law.



The Huawei Case and What It Reveals About Europe’s Trade Policy. Pepermans, A., 2016, In: European Foreign Affairs Review. 21, 4, pp. 539-557.

Hoe China het Sino-Europees telecomconflict won. Pepermans, A., 2016, In: Internationale Spectator. 12 p.

The Sino-European Solar Panel Dispute: China’s Successful Carrot and Stick Approach Towards Europe. Pepermans, A., 2017, In: Journal of Contemporary European Research. 13, 4, pp. 1395-1411.

An uphill struggle? Towards coordinated EU engagement with China’s Belt and Road Initiative Pepermans, A., Klose, S. & Wang, L., 2017, Egmont papers, 48, 7 p.

China’s 16+1 and Belt and Road Initiative in Central and Eastern Europe: economic and political influence at a cheap price. Pepermans, A., 21 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. 26, 2-3, pp. 181-203.

China as a Textile Giant Preserving its Leading Position in the World, and What it Means for the EU. Pepermans, A., Jun 2019, In: Taiwanese Journal of Political Science. 80, pp. 63-108.

Economic Nationalism in All Its Variety: The Case of China’s Construction- and Railway Equipment Industry. Pepermans, A., 3 May 2020, In: Journal of Contemporary China. 29, 123, pp. 431-453.

Pepermans Astrid. (2023).”Belgium: From friends to frenemies with China” in From a China strategy to no strategy at all. Exploring the diversity of European approaches. (pp. 34-38).

Pepermans Astrid. (2023).”The EU’s indecisiveness on China is also a decision, and it is not a smart one.” in European Council Experts’ Debrief. Eighth Issue. July 2023.



Luke Foster Best Article Prize 2018. Journal of Contemporary European Research.