Strategic Foresight

China’s Economic Offensive in Europe
18 Oct 2016 13:30
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This event is fully booked. For further information please contact Ms. Jana Albrecht.

For years China’s international investment interests focused on a search for natural resources in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Recently China’s focus has now shifted to Europe as well as the United States, and to new fields as diverse as real estate, energy, hospitality, transportation, and heavy industry.

Chinese foreign investment is expected to grow across Europe in the coming years. In its quest for increased influence on the international –economic– stage, China is pursuing a multipronged approach.

The Beijing-led ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative focuses on connectivity and cooperation among countries primarily between China and Eurasia. China is also making strategic use of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). For the past few years, China has also developed closer relations with both the EU and individual Member States.

The event will focus on ensuring a better understanding of China’s economic strategy vis a vis Europe, ways in which China is shaping the global governance structure and the repercussions of these policies on Europe? How should Europe respond?


  • Philippe Le Corre, Visiting Fellow Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe,  Brookings Institution, co-author, ‘China’s Offensive in Europe’
  • Dr. Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations
  • Prof. Dr. Jing Men, Baillet Latour Professor of European Union - China Relations and Director of the EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe
  • Georgios Antoniou, Principal Administrator China Division, European External Action Service
  • Reinhard Bütikofer, Greens/ EFA, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the People's Republic of China


Shada Islam, Director of Policy, Friends of Europe