China’s rise is most manifest in its ‘opening and reform’ since 1978 with rapid economic growth propelling it to become the world’s second largest economy in 2010. However, with the polycrisis engulfing the world today, China is struggling to reignite its battered economy and the parameters of the economic relationship with China is being debated around the globe, ‘de-risking’ has emerged as the preferred approach for many countries’ international economic strategy.
How does China negotiate its economic engagement with the world? What is China’s place in the evolving system of global economic governance? This lecture will grapple with these questions through the lens of China’s engagement with the EU, the world's largest trading block. The EU and China form the second-largest economic cooperation in the world, trading over 2 billion euros each day; the lecture will look into the making of China’s trade diplomatic relationship with the EU. It will further explore the opportunities and challenges in China’s trade engagement with the EU and discuss how China might respond in terms of the evolving ‘de-risking’ policy crafted by the EU, in light of the need for China and the EU to have the will to embark on a journey towards change.
This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.
Please note that this lecture was originally scheduled for 8 March 2024.
Enrolments will close at 23:59 UTC (GMT) on 27 February 2024.