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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 19:30

How China became a European power

Bruno Maçães

Residence of the Ambassador of the Netherlands
10, Sanlitun Dongsi Jie Chaoyang District

朝阳区 三里屯东四街 10 号 荷兰大使官邸

Due to limited space, registration for this event is now closed. 

We are thrilled to announce a talk from Bruno Maçães on the evolving relationship between China and Europe. 

Tuesday 11 June 2019 – 19:30


Embassy of Netherlands Residence

10, Sanlitun Dongsi Jie
Chaoyang District


三里屯东四街 10 号

After the talk, please join us for our Summer Reception. We‘d be delighted to enjoy a beautiful evening with you over food and drink. 
Please note, priority will be given to BIS members. Remaining spaces will be opened up to non-members.

How China became a European power 

Earlier this year, the European Union published its new China strategy, which characterised China as a “systemic rival”. It was a dramatic change of rhetoric. In practice not a lot has changed so far, but many feel the readjustment process is only starting.
Back in 2014, the year after the Belt and Road Initiative was launched, the EU inaugurated its own infrastructure stimulus plan and was courting Beijing to join the project. Today, the notion that Brussels would welcome Chinese investment seems laughable. In fact, it is doing nearly everything it can to keep the money out; just a few months ago, the EU even pushed through a new, tougher screening mechanism to make it harder for Chinese investment to flow in.
What happened? And in our fast-moving world, what will be the future of Europe-China relations – between their peoples as well as between their respective administrations?
Bruno Maçães is a non-resident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a senior advisor at Flint Global and a senior fellow at Beijing’s Renmin University. Formerly Portugal’s Europe minister (2013–15), he is a regular commentator for CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera, and has written for the Financial Times, The Guardian and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of two books: The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order and Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order, published in 2018.



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