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"EU-China-Beziehungen in Post-Corona-Zeiten" - eine Online-Diskussionsreihe

Lupe

Aufgrund des Erfolgs der Ringvorlesung zum Thema EU-China-Beziehungen im vergangenen SS 20, haben wir beschlossen, eine weitere Serie zu einem möglichst relevanten China-Thema zu konzipieren: "EU-China-Beziehungen in Post-Corona-Zeiten". Die Veranstaltungen finden online (live via Zoom®) in englischer Sprache statt, wobei das Publikum anschließend die Möglichkeit hat, Fragen zu stellen. Eine kurze Zusammenfassung der Diskussionen wird nach den Veranstaltungen auf unserer Chinakompetenz-Webseite (www.chinakompetenz.berlin) veröffentlicht.

Dieses Mal organisierten wir Diskussionen zwischen zwei Expert*innen, da der Schwerpunkt auf den Spannungsfeldern in den EU-China-Beziehungen liegt. Gern möchten wir dazu auch die chinesische Perspektive hören.

Der vorläufige Zeitplan für die Reihe ist wie folgt:

Decoupling and changes in geopolitics: Eberhard Sandschneider + FENG Zhongping (20 Nov. 2020, 10:00)

Decoupling and changes in geoeconomics: Doris Fischer + LI Yuan (4 Dec. 2020, 9:30)

Covid and innovation foci: Philipp Böing + HAN Zheng (18 Dec. 2020, 10:00)

Decoupling in information systems? Rebecca Arcesati + Chinese conversation partner (8 Jan. 2021, 10:00)

A decline in Chinese investment into Europe? Margot Schüller + Chinese conversation partner (22 Jan. 2021, 10:00)

Trends in Chinese and European political elites: Nana de Graaff + Chinese conversation partner (5 Feb. 2021, 10:00)

Ihre Anmeldung zur Veranstaltungsreihe senden Sie bitte per E-Mail an: . Sie erhalten einen Zoom-Link, der es Ihnen ermöglicht, an den sechs Diskussionen teilzunehmen.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

Das Chinakompetenz-Team am CCST der TU Berlin

 

-English Version-

 

“EU-China Relations in Post-Corona Times” – an online discussion series

Due to the success of the EU-China lecture series (Ringvorlesung) in the previous semester, the China Center of Technische Universität Berlin has decided to organize a new “season” on the most relevant topic possible: “EU-China Relations in Post-Corona Times”. The events will happen online (live via Zoom), with the audience having the chance to ask questions afterwards. A short summary of the discussions will be posted later on our chinacompetence-website: www.chinakompetenz.berlin

This time, we are organizing a discussion between two experts on each topic. The focus is on the tension fields, therefore we had the idea to invite two speakers instead of one.

The preliminary schedule for the series is:

Decoupling and changes in geopolitics: Eberhard Sandschneider + Feng Zhongping (20 Nov. 2020, 10:00)

Decoupling and changes in geoeconomics: Doris Fischer + Li Yuan (4 Dec. 2020, 9:30)

Covid and innovation foci: Philipp Böing + Han Zheng (18 Dec. 2020, 10:00)

Decoupling in information systems? Rebecca Arcesati + Chinese conversation partner (8 Jan. 2021, 10:00)

A decline in Chinese investment into Europe? Margot Schüller + Chinese conversation partner (22 Jan. 2021, 10:00)

Trends in Chinese and European political elites: Nana de Graaff + Chinese conversation partner (5 Feb. 2021, 10:00)

As registration for the event series, please send an email to . You will receive a Zoom link that will enable you to join the six discussions.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Chinakompetenz-Team of CCST at TU Berlin

 

 

Lupe

   

Opening statements for Discussion 1 „Decoupling and changes in geopolitics“

 

Eberhard Sandschneider

The Covid Pandemic is the great accelerator of our times. All major megatrends which are shaping global relations have been existing before the outbreak, but since the pandemic started they have all been accelerated dramatically. While our time to adapt to new circumstances keeps shrinking, the effects for geopolitical shifts and changes are already visible.

Most importantly, the combination of US unilateralism under Trump, Chinese efficiency in dealing with the virus and a massive second wave throughout Europe leads to a threefold geopolitical challenge which will have massive effects on Eu-China relations as well.

US policies of “decoupling” may change under a Biden administration, but China “dual circulation” theory in the coming 14. Five Year Plan and the newly signed treaty for RCEP, creating the world’s largest free trade zone, will be core parameters for global politics post-Corona.

These are the challenges for Europe: managing the effects of the triple crisis of decoupling, China’s growing self-assertion and the new standard setting capacities within RCEP.

For Europe, it is time to leave its moral high ground and give up its “future blindness” (Die Welt, 17.11.2020) if Europeans do not want to end up squeezed between two major economic blocs and forced to make choices no one in Europe really wants to make.

 

Feng Zhongping

China, Europe and the USA are three most powerful economies in the world. The three giants also have responsibility to lead the global efforts in addressing big challenges such as Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery and climate issues. The reality, however, is that the relationships amongst the three powers have been facing many difficult problems. Over the past 4 years, the Trump administration’s China policy have shifted from the engagement to the containment. Decoupling with China in the high technologic area has already taken place. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo is virtually treating China as a cold war enemy.

Europe’s perception on China has also changed but is still different from that of the US. The Europeans view China both as partner, competitor and rival and therefore refuse to take the confrontation line with Beijing.

Although there have been significant frictions in the EU China relations, the two powers will continue to engage with each other. Decoupling is not in Europe’s dictionary. The economic recovery will be crucial for the Europeans, so will be for the Chinese and the Americans. China hopes to strengthen economic and trade ties with Europe. Both sides have emphasized the importance to conclude the investment agreement by the end of the year.

President Trump have tried quite hard to force the Europeans to follow the US’s China policy. So far it has not been very successful. With Joe Biden winning the US election, the transatlantic ties will be improved. What will this mean for the relations between Europe and China? Let us wait and see.

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