EU—China relations post-COVID-19

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Half Day Workshop

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The EU-China Summit in September 2020 was supposed to be a major milestone for the German council presidency. With COVID-19 leading to changing priorities on the EU level, allegations against the Chinese authorities concerning the spread of misinformation around the outbreak of the coronavirus and the EU commission’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell calling the EU’s approach towards China ‘naive’, the summit faces doubts. The relationship between China and the EU remains a balancing act between systemic rivalry and economic and business partnerships. How did the relations change under the self-declared geopolitical von der Leyen Commission? What’s the status of key economic and investment projects, including the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative in Europe? Which policy areas are seeing more EU-China cooperation both from an economic and political perspective?



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08:30 AM Registration and coffee

09:00 AM Workshop part 1:
The G2 world we live in and how the EU tries to respond

10:40 AM Coffee break

11:00 AM Workshop part 2:
Chinese influence, economic success, political and diplomatic risks

12:00 PM Q&A with David Herszenhorn, Chief Brussels Correspondent, POLITICO

12:30 PM Networking lunch

13:30 PM End of the event


Cornelius Hirsch
Intelligence Analyst,

David Herszenhorn
Chief Brussels Correspondent,


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The workshops are led by Cornelius Hirsch, POLITICO’s Intelligence analyst and co-founder of, a polling data website acquired and integrated into POLITICO’s polling hub.

Each workshop features a Q&A session with a POLITICO journalist specializing in the topic.


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