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The European Union’s 2019 Strategic Outlook, endorsed by all EU member states, acknowledges that China is “simultaneously a negotiating partner … whom the EU needs to find a balance of interests”, “an economic competitor”, and a “systemic rival promoting alternative models of governance”. This characterization has only intensified in the first half of the 2020s. 

Looking ahead, the post-2024 EU elections will bring forth a different parliamentary composition that could potentially elicit a varying approach towards engaging with China. Or expressed differently, the post-2024 EU elections presents an opportunity and/or impetus to improve EU-China relations.

In this backdrop, this workshop aims to analyze the future of three key strategic facets for EU-China relations in the second half of the 2020s: (1) economic trade; (2) technological and research collaboration; and, (3) global peace and security initiatives.

The goal of the workshop is to have a candid conversation looking at the future of EU-China relations by leveraging the expertise of notable stakeholders based in the European Union. The expected outcome is a discussion paper analyzing the identifiable key strategic facets, with potential recommendations for improving relations between the EU and China in the mid/late 2020s.


Prof. Reza Hasmath
University of Alberta, Canada

Fellow AIA NRW


Lisa Hartmann
Public Relations and Events Officer

Academy of International Affairs NRW



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