Brüssel, 20.3.19 – EU-China policy & practice roundtable

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The 21st official EU-China Summit isplanned for this April, Friends of Europe is delighted to invite you to our upcoming EU-China policy & practice roundtable, taking place on Wednesday, 20 March from 14:30 to 17:30 in Brussels.

Square de Meeûs 5-6
1000 Brussels
Belgium

This year’s Summit takes place amid continuing global disruption and uncertainty. At their summit last year, Brussels and Beijing agreed to jointly address climate change, tackle common security threats, promote a rules-based multilateral order and maintain open and fair trade. Accords were signed on a range of issues, and they made progress in negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement. Turning words into action remains difficult, however. China has responded to some EU demands for a further opening up of its market but European business wants reciprocity and says more must be done. There is unease in Beijing about Europe’s new investment screening mechanism. And as China prepares for a second Belt and Road Forum, there is still scant sign of real synergies between their connectivity strategies.
Are the EU and China walking the talk on join action to reform the World Trade Organisation?
What is the state of play on negotiations of a bilateral investment agreement and will such an accord ease both sides’ concerns over market access?
Has China taken any steps to multilateralise the BRI and taken on board some of the EU’s comments on sustainability, transparency and accountability?
This by-invitation-only policy and practice roundtable debate will bring together around 40 senior European and Chinese stakeholders for a forward-looking conversation on what to expect from the Summit, as well as the state of relations between the EU and China. The discussion will be interactive and focused on ways to take EU-China relations to a higher level.

We will be joined on this occasion by a high-level delegation of private sector, academic and government representatives from China, led by Vice President of the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) and former Assistant Foreign Minister of China Hu Zhengyue, as well as Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS) Gunnar Wiegand and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the EU Zhang Ming.

if you want to participate, please send a mail to: office@wirtschaftslcubrussland.org

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