EU-China Economic and Trade Relations: Cooperation or Competition for Raw Materials?

26 Jan 2012 12:00
26 Jan 2012 14:00

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the Institute for European Environmental Policy, kindly invites you to attend the upcoming policy forum on 26 January with:

  • Ms Marjut Hannonen, member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Karel de Gucht
  • Mr Daniel Fiott, Research fellow at the Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation
  • Mr Duncan Freeman, Research fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies
  • Mr Harri Kalimo, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies (Chair)

The issue of Sino-European economic and trade relations, in the context and light of a recent WTO ruling that found China's limitations on rare earth exports to be in breach of WTO rules, is the central focus of this policy forum. Europe's high-tech economies, and China's fast-growing economy are both thirsty for rare earth materials. Yet with China dominating the world's rare earth supply, issues of EU-dependence, of environmental standards, and of trade relations more broadly, are brought into play in this regard.

Against this background, the discussion on EU-Chinese trade relations with regard to raw materials will centre on the following questions:

  • What are the current dynamics of EU-Chinese economic and trade relations in light of the recent WTO ruling?
  • What is the EU perspective on the future development of these relations?
  • What is at stake for both the EU and China with regard to rare earth trade?
  • What is the Chinese perspective on relations with the EU, and on rare earth trade?
  • What are the prospects of Sino-European cooperation in the field of raw materials and in particular regarding rare earths?


Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to

The programme starts at 12:00 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentation at 12:30.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

2012-Jan-26 - Fiott Presentation on EU-China natural resources.pdf483.61 KB
EPF report 26.01.2012V2.doc29.5 KB