The EU Needs to Face China’s Threat to Academic Freedom

In general, academic exchanges are usually not framed within the concept of state security - neither external, nor internal. Quite the contrary, they are associated with establishing platforms of communication, enhancing people-to-people contacts and creating synergies for research. This non-zero sum...

Comparing China’s and EU’s Artificial Intelligence Strategies

Today, the global economy stands in front of the next stage of socio-technological development. The Fourth Industrial Revolution’s emphasis on the inter-connectivity between the physical, digital and biological worlds engages the most disruptive technologies such as advanced...

The EU Badly Needs to Raise its Game on China

An effective EU China policy requires a critical mass of policy makers and practitioners who have studied China, its history, its political system and its language. We need them urgently. We cannot count on our universities to...

Only a United EU Can Stand Up to Beijing

The EU now has a common strategy towards China following the March European Council approval of the joint EEAS/Commission strategy paper of the same month advocating a more robust approach towards China. Many were surprised that EU...

China’s Document on the EU: A Small Chance to Improve Relations

In mid-December 2018, China released its third document on the EU. The timing of its publication and willingness to deepen cooperation show, that China wants to improve relations with the EU in the midst of its disputes...

Confucius Institutes: A Tool for Promoting China’s Interests

Confucius Institutes (CI), established at universities outside China, are intended to promote a positive image of the country in the world. CI branches are becoming an integral part of the establishments at which they operate, so the...

Gotta Serve Somebody? Not Necessarily: Europe in the US-China Crossfire

The EU can carve out its own position vis-a-vis the United States and China. Back in 1979, Bob Dylan released one of his best known hits, Gotta Serve Somebody: “It may be...