EPRS Strategy By / July 3, 2015

EU-China relations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski At their 17th summit in Brussels on 29 June, China and the European Union agreed to…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski
European Union and China.
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At their 17th summit in Brussels on 29 June, China and the European Union agreed to strengthen relations by seeking to boost mutual investment and increasing efforts to reach a global climate deal later this year. On his first visit to the EU institutions, Premier Li Keqiang also promised that China would contribute to the EU’s new infrastructure fund.

The EU and China are major trading partners, but their relations have been complicated by China’s track-record on human rights as well as issues related to competition and currency policies.

This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on the relations between China and the EU.


China’s outward foreign direct investment
Bruegel, 29 June 2015

EU-China connectivity: Thinking big, starting small
Friends of Europe, 26 June 2015

EU-China summit: What happens when the U.S. isn’t watching
Brookings Institution, 26 June 2015

The EU needs a nimbler but focused policy towards China
Chatham House, 23 June 2015

Chinas neue Militärstrategie
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, 3 June 2015

Don’t mention Beijing: The EU and Asia’s maritime security
Centre for European Reform (CER), 27 May 2015

To join or not to join: The AIIB and the EU’s dilemma
Egmont, 8 April 2015

The Chinese foray into global governance
Brookings Institution, 1 April 2015

China divides the West
Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung, March 2015

The simple arithmetic of China’s growth slowdown
Brookings Institution, 18 February 2015

Chinese foreign policy: What to expect in 2015
Chatham House, 13 January 2015

EU-China relations: Rhetoric v. (a very different) reality
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 28 January 2015

EU should tango with Taiwanese tiger and Chinese dragon
Clingendael, 12 January 2015

Three good reasons to be bullish on China in 2015
Bruegel, 9 January 2015

China seeking to cash in on Europe’s crises
Bruegel, 16 October 2014


Enhancing engagement between China and the EU on resource governance and low-carbon development
Chatham House, 23 June 2015

EU-China: Shaping a shared future
Friends of Europe, 11 June 2015

Smart cities cooperation between the EU and China
European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), June 2015

Countering terrorism: An area for EU-China cooperation?
European Union Institute for Security Studies (ISS), 29 May 2015

Turning China’s money reserves into capital
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), May 2015

The EU and China in the WTO: What contribution to the international rule of law?
Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, May 2015

Who Drives Climate-relevant Policy Implementation in China?
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), May 2015

What are the prospects for the new Chinese-led Silk Road and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?
Real Instituto Elcano, 17 April 2015

China on Central-Eastern Europe: ’16+1′ as seen from Beijing
Centre for Eastern Studies, 15 April 2015

Explaining China’s foreign policy reset
European Council on Foreign Relations, 2 April 2015

The European Union’s China policy: Priorities and strategies for the new Commission
European Centre for International Political Economy, April 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): China’s new multilateralism and the erosion of the West
Egmont, April 2015

China, Europe and the maritime silk road
Clingendael, 26 March, 2015

China’s financial footprint in Europe
International Relations and Security Network, 13 March 2015

The European interest in an investment treaty with China
European Council on Foreign Relations, 19 February, 2015

Chinese investment in the EU: A challenge to Europe’s economic security
German Marshall Fund of the United States, 16 January, 2015

Keeping EU-Asia reengagement on track
Carnegie Europe, January 2015

Europe’s rare earth dependence on China: Future perspectives
European Institute for Asian Studies, December 2014

China and the Emergence of a Multipolar Currency Regime
Madariaga, October 2014

The China-EU strategic partnership on development: Unfulfilled potential
Fride, 9 September 2014

A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region?
Centre for European Reform, 24 July, 2014

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