in Beijing, 9-10 December 2018
The presidency of Donald Trump and Washington’s increasingly fraught relations with both Brussels and Beijing have provided new impetus to existing debates on the nature of EU-China relations. While the economic relationship remains strong – China and the EU rank as each other’s second-most important trading partners, trailing only the US – many Europeans view China’s growing importance on the international stage no longer purely as an opportunity, but increasingly through the lens of economic and political competition.
Against widespread perceptions of an international order in flux, the 169th Bergedorf Round Table, which took place from 9-10 December 2018, examined the extent to which competition and cooperation can coexist. As relations between China and the EU become more complex, will they be able to jointly solve present-day crises, including problems such as climate change, maritime security, and instability in the Middle East? How will relations with the US affect bilateral relations between China and the EU? Where is there potential to increase economic and political cooperation? And is the race for future technologies and artificial intelligence more likely to lead to innovation or an arms race?
During the 169th Bergedorf Round Table, these questions were discussed by a group of approximately 35 senior-level European, Chinese and international politicians, government officials and representatives from think tanks, academia and the media. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined the Round Table as a guest of honour.
Photos: Körber-Stiftung/James Wang