Beijing, October 14-16, 2010
If nothing else, the financial and economic crisis has made it clear that there has been a shift in the global balance of power. Thus countries such as China or India are asking for a greater say in international institutions. Furthermore, the global challenges such as the regulation of financial markets and dealing with climate change or nuclear proliferation cannot be managed anymore without the participation of these players. China and Europe play a key role when it comes to effective political coordination on a global level.
Which issues are at the top of the global agenda from a Chinese and European point of view? To what extent do institutions such as G8, G20, the UN and the Bretton Woods system need to be overhauled? And how can China and Europe deepen their cooperation in the management of global challenges? Can they do it on the lines of a strategic partnership?
A few weeks before the G20 summit in Seoul, politicians, diplomats, experts and representatives of the business community from China and Europe, chaired by fmr. German President Richard von Weizsäcker, took a closer look at the existing institutions for global governance and thought about pro-active ways of promoting the development of Chinese-European cooperation at the 147th Bergedorf Round Table in Beijing.
Among the participants were the Minister of State in the Federal Foreign Office Werner Hoyer, MdB, the Minister and Director of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, Wang Jiarui as well as the mastermind of the Communist Party Zheng Bijian, former Executive Vice-President of the Central Party School. Our partner was the International Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.
Previously to the Bergedorf Round Table, the European delegation was received by Vice-President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People.