Europe, China and a Changing World
With Professor Simon Duke (European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, Netherlands), and Shada Islam (Director of Policy, Friends of Europe)
Room S-1.04, Strand Building, Strand Campus, King's College London
4-6pm, Wednesday 4 February 2015
As China and the EU prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their partnership, both sides need to take a fresh look at why they need each other and how they want relations to develop in the 21st Century. China’s growth rates may be slowing down but its appetite for European goods and investments continues to be crucial in determining the pace and success of Europe’s economic recovery. China’s economic transformation – and plans for even more change in the coming years – demands that it has access to European know-how, experience and technology. China’s reform agenda also gives European companies myriad opportunities for enhanced trade and investments. A deeper EU-China relationship is important in order to polish Europe’s foreign policy credentials. While Europe’s once-time ambition to shape China into a “responsible” international stakeholder now appears hopelessly out-of-date and patronising, there is no doubt that the EU needs to engage with China on a range of urgent foreign and security policy issues, including relations with Russia, Iran’s nuclear plans, policy towards the so-called “Islamic State”, fighting Ebola and combating climate change. What are the important achievements and weaknesses of the EU-China strategic partnership? Is there a shared desire to up the game. Are EU-China relations still primarily about trade and investments or are political and strategic issues getting adequate attention?
About the speakers
Professor Simon Duke is a Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, Netherlands. He was educated at The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of Oxford, where he completed his M.Phil and D.Phil. Prior to EIPA he held positions at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Mershon Center (Ohio State University), the Pennsylvania State University and the Central European University. He is the author of several monographs on European and transatlantic foreign and security issues including, most recently, The Maastricht Treaty: Second Thoughts After 20 years, co-edited with Thomas Christiansen (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013). He has also published on similar themes in numerous academic journals. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville Virginia and is co-Executive Editor of the Journal of European Integration.
Ms Shada Islam is an experienced journalist, columnist, policy analyst and communication specialist with a strong background in geopolitical, foreign, economic and trade policy as well as immigration and integration issues. As Director of Policy at Friends of Europe, she is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for the Asia Programme, the Europe-China Forum and for the Development Policy Forum. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian issues as Senior Programme Executive at the European Policy Centre. She is closely involved with initiatives to promote Asia-Europe exchanges including within the context of ASEM (Asia Europe Meetings). Shada has strong experience and interest in China and especially in EU-China relations. She has written and spoken extensively on the subject and published multiple articles and policy briefings including EU-China: The next ten years (2014), Tackling China's economic and social challenges: A role for Europe? (2012) and Europe and China: Rivals or strategic partners? (2011). Shada launched Friends of Europe’s very active and successful Europe-China Forum in 2011.