EU's Continuing Engagement with China: Implications for the Region

Date: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 
9:30 AM
To: 
11:00 AM
Venue: 
Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall, LH-2016

Abstract

The EU produced amajor policy framework paper for its relations with China on 23rd June last year. This embraced over 80 strategic dialogues, from econmy, to human rights, to law and security. Never has the relationship been so detailed and important. In 2015 alone, there was almost US$460 billion in two-way trade, second only to the US> And yet the relationship remains vexed because of issues like failure to grant China market economy status, failure to lift the arms embargo put in place in 1989, and irritants like concerns over Chinese export of excess capacity and its role in the security of the region. With Brexit and other issues in the EU, and with the presidency of Trump in the US creating high levels of uncertainty, where can the EU-China relationship now go, where it can truly deliver the outcomes often talked of many Chinese poicy makers - Win Win!

About the speaker

Dr. Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Directory of Lau China Institute of King's College London; and an Associate fellow at Chatham House London. He was formerly the Diretor of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. With 20 years life experience in China, he has worked in education, business and government, includinga term as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing. He is the author of the New Emperors (I.B., Tauris, 2014), a book on the leadership of Modern China.