China: with power comes responsibility

What role for China in the context of global and regional crises?


François Godement, Director, China&Asia Program, ECFR


Chaired by

Silvia Francescon, Head, ECFR Rome 

Western hopes that China will take greater responsibility for dealing with international crises are likely to be dashed, according to the latest issue of China Analysis published by the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Centre.  China’s ‘Culture of Reluctance’ – a term borrowed from German foreign policy – will continue to prevent it from becoming a ‘responsible stakeholder’. It will contribute to solving international problems only when its core national interests are directly threatened and it is unable to be a “free rider”.

All these issues were discussed during a Black Coffee Morning organized by ECFR Rome and kindly hosted by UniCredit