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EU-China Trade and Investment Relations: A Vehicle for Cooperation or a Path to Competition?


April 12, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
April 12, 2019
11:00am - 12:30pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available at 10:45am. After the discussion, guests are welcome to join the CES Friday Lunch at 12:30-1:30pm.

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 doubts on the relationship.

At the same time, China's recent investments in Europe and its Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), are seen by many Europeans as Beijing's attempts to spread its political influence across the European continent. This has provoked combative reactions. The relationship, however, does not need to be 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 its potential and opportunities for increased cooperation. They will also assess potential threats and negative effects of heightened competition, which a misguided approach towards trade and investment may provoke.

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The panel is organized by the Graduate Council of Professional School Students. The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard welcomes students with an interest in Europe to join its Graduate Council of Professional School Students. This body is comprised of students in the professional graduate schools at Harvard, Tufts, and MIT, who have an active interest in European politics, history, culture, society, and economic issues.

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