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EU-China Economic Relations: Reaching a Limit?

Chatham House, London


John Farnell, Academic Visitor, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford; Senior Adviser, EU-Asia Centre, Brussels
Paul Irwin Crookes, Lecturer in the International Relations of China; Director of Graduate Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford
Chair: Kerry Brown, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme; Professor of Chinese Politics and Director, Lau Centre, King’s College London


While the British government has identified China as an important economic partner for the United Kingdom after Brexit, the speakers will argue that durable political obstacles stand in the way of closer ties between China and developed economies. Taking examples from EU-China relations in trade, investment, innovation and research, monetary affairs, environmental cooperation and the governance of international economic institutions, they will argue that economic links between China and the European Union remain imbalanced and have reached the limit of what is possible without major political change, especially in China. The speakers will conclude by explaining why they are sceptical whether China is capable of the economic reform that might pave the way to closer partnership.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.