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  • Events | 12 September, 2011 (10:16)

    Europe’s Crisis, China’s Opportunity

    While Europeans see their relationship with China as one of equals, Beijing is establishing with Europe the type of relationship it has rolled out in Africa – combining infrastructure projects, soft loans and a massive increase in investment.  The change has come amazingly fast. Europe is still phasing out its development assistance to China at a time when Beijing is using its growing economic strength to buy up strategic assets across Europe.

    Join Jonas Parello-Plesner and Alice Richard as they discuss the extent and nature of China’s game-changing presence in Europe, arguing that Europeans should neither spurn, nor lament, China’s eagerness to spend its money on the Continent. Instead, they should get a better deal by working – united – through the EU.

    DATE: September 21, 2011 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 10:30am-12:00pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, 中国北京三里屯东五街1号, Tel.: +86 (10) 8532 9900
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
    RESERVATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com.

    Jonas Parello-Plesner is a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as Denmark’s Senior Advisor on China and North East Asia from 2005-2009.

    Alice Richard is the coordinator of the China programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations; she previously worked for various international institutions and NGOs in Beijing, Brussels, Paris and the Democratic Republic of Congo.