The Silk Road, the New World Order and EU-China Relations

The Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES) and the Institute for European Studies (IES) in cooperation with the Charhar Institute from Beijing held a roundtable on the subject of The Silk Road, the New World Order and EU-China Relations on 6 October 2015. The meeting chaired by Dr Duncan Freeman of BACES, brought together a delegation from the Charhar Institute, one of China’s leading think tanks on international relations, with representatives of think tanks in Brussels as well as academics from the VUB and other institutions. Zhao Kejin, Senior Fellow of the Charhar Insititute and Deputy Professor of Tsinghua University gave a presentation on the historical development of China’s diplomacy and the current domestic debates on how its foreign policy should develop in a changing world order. Zhao argued that there has been a transition in China’s foreign policy since 2013 and  that the New Silk Road, or One Belt, One Road, is a manifestation of this shift. The presentation was followed by a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion of China’s foreign policy and relations with Europe.