Foreign Policy Dialogues “China, the European Union, and the Global South: China’s presence in the Global South and the challenges for the European External Action”

Researchers, experts and government representatives will participate in this Foreign Policy Dialogue to contribute to the political dialogue on the EU-China relationship and its ramifications in the Global South during a geopolitical context marked by rivalry, competition and the need for cooperation in the face of global challenges.

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
5 March 2024 - 10:00h
LOCATION: CIDOB, Jordi Maragall room, Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

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Objective

China's rapid development and growth since the 1978 Reform and Opening up policy have transformed the Asian country into a global power, with a presence and interests all over the world. Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China aspires to develop a new international role as a great power, contesting the current US-led order at a time when its material conditions seem to correspond to a greater capacity to promote changes that are favourable to its interests. In this growing geopolitical competition between the two countries and a deepening distancing from Europe, China is looking south. 

Specifically, this dialogue aims to discuss two key topics: first, to assess China's growing presence in the Mediterranean, Latin America and the Indo-Pacific and the challenges it poses for the European Union; and, second, how this presence complements or counters the interests of the EU in these regions to identify effective proposals and responses for the EU's interests and external action. Researchers, experts and government representatives will participate in this seminar to contribute to the political dialogue on the EU-China relationship and its ramifications in the Global South during a geopolitical context marked by rivalry, competition and the need for cooperation in the face of global challenges. 

During the seminar, the participants will tackle China's current economic situation and the main diplomatic and geo-economic elements that China uses in its relations with the Global South through a regional approach, in line with the methodological approach adopted in the report on China's presence in the Global South recently published by CIDOB. Finally, the last panel will discuss the implications and responses adopted (or that could be adopted) by the EU.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Guillermo Anguera

Guillermo Anguera

Deputy Director General South and East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

Inés Arco

Inés Arco

Researcher, CIDOB

Anna Ayuso

Anna Ayuso

Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Moussa Bourekba

Moussa Bourekba

Research Fellow, CIDOB

Victor Burguete

Victor Burguete

Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Cristina Corral

Cristina Corral

Director of International Economy, Research Service, Banco Sabadell

Blanca Garcés

Blanca Garcés

Research Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Rubén González-Vicente

Rubén González-Vicente

Professor, University of Birmingham

Jacob Gunter

Jacob Gunter

Lead Analyst Economy, MERICS

Oscar Mateos

Oscar Mateos

Professor in International Relations, Blanquerna – Universitat Ramón Llull (URL); Associate Research Fellow, CIDOB

Monika Prusinowska

Monika Prusinowska

Maria Zambrano Scholar, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Claudio Feijoo

Claudio Feijoo

Professor and Jean Monnet Chair on Tech Diplomacy and Digital Sovereignty, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Foreign Policy Dialogues “China, the European Union, and the Global South: China’s presence in the Global South and the challenges for the European External Action” PERFORMED ACTIVITY

10:00h Welcome and objectives of the Foreign Policy Dialogue

Blanca Garcés, Research Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB  

Guillermo Anguera, Deputy Director General South and East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

10:10h ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IN CHINA: Impact in geoeconomic tools

Víctor Burguete, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Cristina Corral, Director of International Economy, Research Service, Banco Sabadell

Rubén González-Vicente, Professor, University of Birmingham

11:30h Coffee break

12:00h REGIONAL APPROACHES TO CHINA’S PRESENCE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

Inés Arco, Researcher, CIDOB

Anna Ayuso, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Moussa Bourekba, Research Fellow, CIDOB

Oscar Mateos, Professor in International Relations, Blanquerna – Universitat Ramón Llull (URL); Associate Research Fellow, CIDOB

13:30h Lunch break

14:30h IMPLICATIONS OF CHINA’S PRESENCE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH: Responses from the European Union

Claudio Feijoo, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair on Tech Diplomacy and Digital Sovereignty, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Jacob Gunter, Lead Analyst Economy, MERICS

Monika Prusinowska, Maria Zambrano Scholar, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

16:00h Conclusions