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New video series on EU–China relations and connectivity

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SIPRI is pleased to launch a new video series on the topic of European Union (EU)–China relations and the role of connectivity, featuring interviews with European and Chinese experts.

The series is part of a wider research project exploring the dynamic relationship between the EU and China, as well as the challenges and opportunities for better cooperation on connectivity. The interviews seek to give a voice to the key players in the field and to create a mutual understanding of the complexity of the issues in the project. 

Relations between the EU and China have reached a critical point. In 2019, the European Commission released a new EU–China strategic outlook, addressing connectivity and naming China as a cooperation and negotiating partner, as well as an economic competitor and systemic rival. While elements of competition and rivalry have heightened over the past year, the EU and China nevertheless continue to stress the need for constructive dialogue and cooperation.

Watch the interviews with:

  • Dr Zhou Hong, Director, Academic Division of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Professor Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy, School of International Studies, Peking University
  • Dr Wiebke Rabe, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Plamen Tonchev, Head of Asia Unit, Institute of International Economic Relations
  • Dr Alice Ekman, Senior Analyst, Asia, European Union Institute for Security Studies



About the project

The film series is part of a project which held two workshops on EU–China relations, in October 2019 and September 2020, and published a SIPRI Insights Paper on ‘EU Security Perspectives in an Era of Connectivity: Implications for Relations with China’ in February 2020.