Strategic Foresight

Les Nouvelles Routes de la Soie chinoises - les relations Europe-Chine
8 Dec 2016 12:30
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The New Silk Road of China and Euro-Chinese relations

This is a public event, which will be held in English. For more information please contact Ifri.

While China refines its initiative of New Silk Roads ( "One Belt One Road - OBOR"), Europe's position in this project begins to take shape.
Land and maritime dimensions of the ambitious Chinese initiative converge Europe, rail projects in Poland and Germany to port projects in Greece and Latvia. However, while the Chinese project offers a number of investment opportunities and economic development, the new Silk Road is not present in the same way across Europe, and is even regarded with suspicion in some capitals.

This seminar will present and discuss the findings of a future report by the European Think-tank on China Network (ETNC) which seeks to clarify these different points of view. This report is based on a case study of 14 countries of the European Union, and examines the development of the project OBOR within each country as well as the institutional level of the EU. During the seminar, some of the authors of the report analyze the Chinese approach in Europe and European responses in the context of the New Silk Road.

  • John Seaman, Researcher, Asia Centre, IFRI (introductory remarks and Presidency)
  • Alice Ekman, Researcher, Head of China operations, Asia Centre, IFRI (Chinese approach in Europe)
  • Frans Paul Van der Putten, Researcher, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' (European Perspectives on the New Silk Roads)

The ETNC is a European network of think-tanks of experts on China created by Ifri and the Elcano Institute (Spain) in November 2014. The network meets twice a year and now has representatives from of institutes from 15 countries of the European Union.