China’s Leadership Transition and the EU-China trade frictions

19 Mar 2013 13:00
19 Mar 2013 15:00

The Institute of European Studies (IES), the Faculty of Law and Criminology, and the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invite you to attend the upcoming policy forum on 19 March 2013 with Professor Jiang Shixue, Deputy Director of the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Nikolay Mizulin, Partner at Mayer Brown and expert in EU and International Trade Law.

The 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party marked the beginning of a leadership transition in China. The change in the top Chinese leadership raises many questions as regards to the future direction of China’s domestic and foreign policies. Perhaps most importantly, how does China’s new leadership perceive the country’s role in the world? The global impacts of the transition may be emphasized by the consolidation of China’s position as the world’s largest economic actor alongside the EU. How is the relationship between the world’s biggest traders set out to develop after the change? In 2003, the EU and China launched a so-called Strategic Partnership, which encompasses annual summits and an EU-China High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue. Yet recently, a number of points of friction from WTO disputes to (anti-)dumping concerns in the EU-China trade relations have emerged.

Against this background, Professor Jiang Shixue will lay out how the current Chinese leadership transition will help address some of the key challenges of the EU-China trade relations. What is causing the trade frictions, and will they even affect the EU-China Strategic Partnership? How will the new Chinese leadership plan to address them?


13h00 Lunch reception
13h30 Presentation by Professor Jiang Shixue, Deputy Director of the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
14h15 Discussion with the audience

Download the slides of Professor Jiang Shixue!

Registration and Venue

The policy forum will be conducted in English and is free of charge. The forum starts with a lunch reception at 13:00 and will be followed by the presentations at 13:30. NB: The event will start an hour later than IES Policy Forums usually. Register online!

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