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)
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
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
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.