The EU’s New Strategy on China: Making the Most of Opportunities
19 Jul 2016 14:15
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After the recent EU-China Summit and the South China Sea ruling, on 18 July the EU Foreign Affairs Council is expected to formally adopt the EU’s new China strategy. On 19 July Clingendael will host the first Round table discussion on this Strategy. During this closed think tank event  the new China strategy will be presented.

This round table gathers leading practitioners and scholars to reflect on the EU’s rapidly approaching strategy on China. Co-author George Cunningham of the European External Action Service kicks off the discussion with a presentation on the creation and final outcome of the newest EU strategy on China.

What are Europe’s interests in its relations with China and how are these best prioritised and defended? Where does this new China strategy stand in relation to recently launched EU Global Strategy on Foreign Policy and Security? How does it relate to EU Member States’ policies? And is there a role for European economic diplomacy in unfolding the EU’s new China policies?


Arrival of guests

Words of welcome
Louise van Schaik, Head of the EU in the World team, the Clingendael Institute

Session 1.  The EU’s New Strategy on China
George Cunningham, Deputy Head of the EEAS China Division
Moderator: Arjen van den Berg, Deputy Director of the Asia and Oceania Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Q&A and plenary discussion

Coffee/tea break

Session 2.  Defending European interests: Whither European Economic Diplomacy?
Maaike Okano-Heijmans and Francesco Saverio Montesano, the Clingendael Institute                    

Q&A and plenary discussion


To confirm your participation, please respond to Francesco Montesano by Thursday, 14 July. Please note that, due to limited space, registration is on a first come, first served basis.