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China [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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China’s increasingly autocratic domestic stance and its assertive foreign policy pose a dilemma for European Union policy-makers as to whether to treat the Asian powerhouse as a partner or a rival, or to take a position somewhere in between. Formally, the EU and China are strategic partners since 2003 – a partnership that was broadened five years ago by the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. No EU country wants to be openly confrontational towards China, contrary to the approach of the current United States administration. However, several European governments are wary of Beijing’s economic expansionism and its efforts to take the global lead in digital technologies. Controversy over China’s telecoms giant Huawei has exacerbated those concerns.
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 September 2018.


China’s new policy on the European Union: A toughening line on political issues
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, January 2019

Assessing China’s influence in Europe through investments
Leiden Asia Centre, Clingendael, January 2019

Is Europe tough enough on China?
Carnegie Europe, January 2019

Political values in Europe-China relations
European Think-Tank Network on China, December 2018

The EU and China: Modest signs of convergence?
Egmont, December 2018

A United Nations with Chinese characteristics?
Cligendael, December 2018

How Europe will try to dodge the US–China standoff in 2019
Chatham House, December 2018

China’s ambitions in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus
Institut français des relations internationales, December 2018

Chinese views of European defensce integration
Mercator Institute for China Studies, December 2018

The 21st century maritime silk road: Security implications and ways forward for the European Union
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, November 2018

Guns, engines and turbines: The EU’s hard power in Asia
European Union Institute for Security Studies, November 2018

China and Europe: Buying hearts and minds?
Centre for European Reform, November 2018

The China-EU relationship: Trade but verify
Barcelona Institute for International Affairs, October 2018

Europe and changing Asian geopolitics
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, October 2018

How could Europe benefit from the US-China trade war?
Bruegel, October 2018

The ‘16+1’ platform. China’s opportunities for Central and Eastern Europe
Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques, October 2018

Europe’s emerging approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Carnegie Europe, October 2018

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

Security and foreign policy

How US monetary policy tamed Chinese foreign policy
Chatham House, January 2019

Lose-lose scenario for Europe from ongoing China-US negotiations
Bruegel, January 2019

Rare earths and China: A review of changing criticality in the new economy
Institut français des relations internationales, January 2019

China: Between key role and marginalisation
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, December 2018

The Sino-Russian and US-Russian relationships: Current developments and future trends
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, December 2018

Along the road: China in the Arctic
European Union Institute for Security Studies, December 2018

Experiences with Chinese investment in the Western Balkans and the post-Soviet space: Lessons for Central Europe?
Centre for European Neighbourhood Studies, December 2018

Russia-China: Security ties them together?
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, December 2018

China’s ambitions to become a global security actor
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, December 2018

Les multiples atouts de la stratégie sécuritaire de la Chine en Afrique
Groupe de Recherche et d’Information sur la Paix et la Sécurité, December 2018

China expands its peace and security footprint in Africa
International Crisis Group, October 2018

China expands its global governance ambitions in the Arctic
Chatham House, October 2018


5G, Huawei und die Sicherheit unserer Kommunikationsnetze
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, February 2019

China testing Trump in Canada
Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 2019

Huawei, the U.S., and its anxious allies
Council on Foreign Relations, January 2019

Huawei and Europe’s 5G conundrum
Carnegie Europe, December 2018

Huawei and the new Thirty Years War
Center for Security Studies, December 2018

Economy and trade

Chinese growth: A balancing act
Bruegel, January 2019

The Belt and Road turns five
Bruegel, January 2019

China’s vision of an ecological civilisation: A struggle for environmental leadership in the era of climate change
Istituto Affari Internazionali, January 20198

From Paris to Beijing: Implementing the Paris Agreement in the People’s Republic of China
Atlantic Council, January 2019

Xi Jinping’s turn away from the market puts Chinese growth at risk
Peterson Institute for International Economics, January 2019

Will China’s currency hit a wall?
Council on Foreign Relations, January 2019

Are China’s trade practices really unfair?
Centre for European Policy Studies, December 2018

Emerging technology dominance: What China’s pursuit of advanced dual-use technologies means for the future of Europe’s economy and defence innovation
International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mercator Institute for China Studies, December 2018

China’s view of the trade war has changed, and so has its strategy
Bruegel, December 2018

Does China force foreign firms to surrender their sensitive technology?
Peterson Institute for International Economics, December 2018

Trump’s trade war with China makes Russia great again
Council on Foreign Relations, December 2018

China’s big push for solar energy
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, December 2018

The myth of China’s forced technology transfer
Centre for European Policy Studies, November 2018

L’intelligence artificielle en Chine: un état des lieux
Fondation pour l’innovation politique, November 2018

Disciplining China’s trade practices at the WTO: How WTO complaints can help make China more market-oriented
Cato Institute, November 2018

China’s risky drive into new-energy vehicles
Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2018

The China dream goes digital: Technology in the age of Xi
European Council on Foreign Relations, October 2018

Ten years after the crisis: The West’s failure pushing China towards state capitalism
Bruegel, October 2018

The Belt and Road Initiative: China’s new geopolitical strategy?
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, October 2018

With growth sagging, China shifts back to socialism
Council on Foreign Relations, October 2018

The belt and road initiative looks East
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, October 2018

China and the United States: Trade conflict and systemic competition Peterson Institute for International Economics, October 2019

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


One thought on “China [What Think Tanks are thinking]

  1. Alexander Graef is a researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), Germany. He works on conventional arms control issues, Russian foreign and defense policy, and international relations. From January 2017 to June 2018, Graef was a Doc.Mobility fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He holds a PhD in International Affairs and Political Economy from the University of St. Gallen. His doctoral thesis analyzed the community of foreign policy experts and think tanks in Russia. His work has appeared in Berlin Policy Journal, Political Studies Review, Russian Analytical Digest, Zeitschrift fur Au?en- und Sicherheitspolitik (Journal for Foreign and Security Policy), and Osteuropa. He was responsible for Part 1 of this report.


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