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China [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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China is a major strategic partner for the European Union, despite divergences on human rights issues, as well as on some economic and foreign policies. At their 20th EU-China summit in July, the two sides agreed to further develop their partnership and to seek to avoid global trade wars, which many analysts fear could be triggered by US President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies. They agreed, in principle, to support reform of the World Trade Organization, which has been snubbed by President Trump. However, China’s increasingly close military ties with Russia cause concern in the EU. Trade, security and connectivity will be important topics of the 12th ASEM (EU-Asia) summit in October, which will gather heads of state or government of 51 European and Asian countries.

This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports from major international think tanks on China, its ties with the EU and related issues. More studies on the topics can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’, published in March 2018. One of the forthcoming publications in this series will be devoted to wider EU-Asia relations.

EU-China relations

China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership
Centre for European Policy Studies, September 2018

‘Tell China’s stories well’: Implications for the Western narrative
Polish Institute of International Affairs, September 2018

Europe’s China vetoes
European Council on Foreign Relations, August 2018

US-China trade war: What’s in it for Europe?
Bruegel, August 2018

Europe’s dependence on critical raw materials: Implications for the competitiveness and independence of strategic industries
Istituto Affari Internazionali, August 2018

Trading places: How the EU-China summit underlined U.S. isolationism in trade under Trump
Council on Foreign Relations, July 2018

Europe, China and a changed global order
Friends of Europe, July 2018

Trump provides China an opening in Europe
Carnegie Europe, July 2018

Big in Asia: Behind the rhetoric of EU relations with China and Japan
European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2018

With “strategic partners” like this, Who needs competitors? Europe needs to change its military to military relations with China
German Marshall Fund, July 2018

Trump cannot bring Europe and China together
European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2018

China’s strategic investments in Europe: The case of maritime ports
Bruegel, June 2018

Reciprocity and mutual benefits: EU-China cooperation on and protection of geographical indications
Centre for European Policy Studies, June 2018

The strategic rationale for European engagement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Swedish Institute of International Affairs, June 2018

European and Chinese trade competition in third markets: The case of Latin America
Bruegel, June 2018

Tomorrow’s silk road: Assessing an EU-China Free Trade Agreement
Centre for European Policy Studies, June 2018

EU–China innovation relations: From zero-sum to global networks
Chatham House, May 2018

How China approaches international law: Implications for Europe
European Institute for Asian Studies, May 2018

Blue China: Navigating the maritime silk road to Europe
European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2018

China’s international relations in the new era of Xi Jinping: Implications for Europe
European Institute for Asian Studies, March 2018

Foreign relations and security

Why Russia and China are strengthening security ties
Carnegie Moscow, September 2018

China is filling the void at the United Nations
Observer Research Fundation, September 2018

China: Zwischen Schlüsselrolle und Marginalisierung
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, September 2018

Chinese strategy, military forces, and economics
Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 2018

Russia and China have a message for the West
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, September 2018

Dispelling the dominant myths of China in Africa
Atlantic Council, September 2018

China’s summer of discontent
German Marshall Fund, August 2018

Beijing’s ultimate goal: The military-civilian fusion
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, August 2018

Fear and loathing on the new silk road: Chinese security in Afghanistan and beyond
European Council on Foreign Relations, July 2018

The South China Sea needs ASEAN more than ever
International Crisis Group, July 2018

China-Vatican talks: Covert negotiations aim to end decades of severed relations
Istituto Affari Internazionali, July 2018

The Rise of China’s security-industrial complex
Council on Foreign Relations, July 2018

China und der Kampf gegen die drei üblen Kräfte
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2018

The security strategies of the US, China, Russia and the EU: Living in different worlds
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, June 2018

China’s strength is in making the West doubt the value of doubt
Chatham House, June 2018

China-Taiwan relations
Council on Foreign Relations, June 2018

China and the international order
Rand Europe, May 2018

Economy and trade

Rule of law in China: A priority for businesses and Western Governments
Foreign Policy Centre, September 2018

Inequality in China
Bruegel, September 2018

China’s greater bay area has real economic power
Chatham House, September 2018

The unlikely, obvious solution to the trade war
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 2018

The 21st century maritime silk road
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, September 2018

China’s Belt and Road Initiative turns five
Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 2018

The power of China’s energy efficiency policies
Institut français des relations internationales, September 2018

More shots fired in US-China trade war
Atlantic Council, September 2018

How did China manage its currency over the summer?
Council on Foreign Relations, September 2018

Trump and China formalize tariffs on $260 billion of imports and look ahead to next phase
Peterson Institute for International Economics, September 2018

China’s peaking emissions and the future of global climate policy
Brookings Institution, September 2018

How Chinese cybersecurity standards impact doing business in China
Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 2018

How the United States should confront China without threatening the global trading system
Peterson Institute for International Economics, August 2018

Goodbye deleveraging: Fiscal and monetary expansion to support growth in China
Bruegel, August 2018

Weaker renminbi is more than a snub to Trump
Chatham House, August 2018

The Chinese race to artificial intelligence
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, August 2018

China’s new investment rules
Brookings Institution, August 2018

Managing risk to build a better belt and road
Chatham House, July 2018

The global innovation sweepstakes: A quest to win the future
Atlantic Council, June 2018

What would happen if China started selling off its treasury portfolio?
Council on Foreign Relations, June 2018

It is America’s move in its competition with China
German Marshall Fund, June 2018

China’s new role in the global economy
Bruegel, May 2018

On Chinese investment and influence in Europe
Carnegie Europe, May 2018

The invisible silk road: Enter the digital dragon
European Institute for Asian Studies, May 2018

Game of institutional balancing: China, the AIIB, and the future of global governance
Rajaratnam School of International Studies, May 2018

The role of investors in promoting sustainable infrastructure under the belt and road Initiative
Chatham House, May 2018

The future of nuclear power in China
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 2018

How big is China’s digital economy?
Bruegel, May 2018

China’s financial opening: Will it be different this time?
Bruegel, May 2018

EU-China FDI: Working towards more reciprocity in investment relations
Mercator Institute for China Studies, April 2018

China a look behind the wall
Observer Research Foundation, April 2018

Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea: How should Europe respond?
Istituto Affari Internazionali, April 2018

China’s global connectivity politics: On confidently dealing with Chinese initiatives
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2018

High on the party, low on the state: A quantum leap in the process of China’s reconstruction
Centre for Eastern Studies, April 2018

China, the world and the next decade: Better growth, better climate
Grantham Research Institute on climate change, April 2018


Read this briefing on ‘China‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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