Launch of Power Audit of EU-China Relations

Closed launch of the Power Audit of EU-China Relations, authored by Francois Godement and John Fox

Guests

Angel Orbetcov, Director of Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate, MFA

Vera Monova, China desk officer, Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate, MFA

Marin Raikov, Strategic Issues Department, MFA

Yanaki Stoilov, Parliamentary Group for Friendship of Bulgaria and China, National Assembly

Lidia Shuleva, Parliamentary Group for Friendship of Bulgaria and China, National Assembly

Ognyan Minchev, IRIS

Ivan Krastev, CLS

Ognyan Georgiev, Capital Weekly

Svetoslav Terziev, Sega Daily

Petar Andonov, Evropa TV

Boyko Vasilev, Bulgarian National Television

Svetoslav Ivanov, bTV

John Fox, ECFR – London

Chaired by

Vessela Tcherneva, ECFR Sofia office

Europe’s approach to China is stuck in the past. China is now a global power: decisions taken in Beijing are central to virtually all the EU’s pressing global concerns, whether climate change, nuclear proliferation, or rebuilding economic stability. China’s tightly controlled economic and industrial policies strongly affect the EU’s economic wellbeing. China’s policies in Africa are transforming parts of a neighbouring continent whose development is important to Europe. Yet the EU continues to treat China as the emerging power it used to be, rather than the global force it has become.