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EU-China Trade and Investment Relations: A Vehicle for Cooperation or a Path to Competition?
April 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jonathan Brookfield, Tufts University
Yasheng Huang, MIT
Philippe LeCorre, Harvard Kenned School
The trade and investment ties between the European Union (EU) and China run very deep. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second biggest. Yet, European concerns over a lack of transparency, protection of intellectual property rights, and strong government intervention, have cast the relationship in doubt. At the same time, China’s recent investments in Europe and its One Belt, One Road Initiative, are seen by many Europeans as potential attempts by Beijing to spread its political influence across the European continent, which provoked combative reactions. However, the relationship needs not be one characterized by antagonism and suspicion. The speakers will present the current trade and investment relations between the EU and China. In addition, they will discuss the potential and opportunities for increased cooperation, as well as potential threats and negative effects of heightened competition, which a misguided approach towards trade and investment may provoke.