BACES EU-China think tank forum – EU-China 40 Years: A New comprehensive strategic partnership

15 Sep 2015

The year 2015 is the 40th anniversary of establishment of formal diplomat relations between China and EU, and the EU-China relationship has entered into a new phase. In April 2015, China government clearly defined the EU-China relations as a partnership of peace, growth, reform and civilization in its policy paper on EU-China relations. To mark this occasion, the Brussels Academy of China and European Studies (BACES) and the China Scholarship Council jointly organise a high level conference.
BACES is an academic platform, created by Renmin University of China, Sichuan University, Fudan University and VUB.

The conference will take place on 15th and 16th September 2015. It is to bring together Chinese and European scholars, governmental officials, diplomats, think-tank members and business communities to explore further the importance and possibilities of the EU-China strategic partnership. It will do so from the perspectives of Peace and Security, Growth and Development, Reform and Governance, Civilization and Culture, under the framework of EU-China High Level People to People Dialogue meeting in September 2015, where Madam Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of People’s Republic of China will meet with Mr. Tibor Navracsics, new European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

BACES EU-China think tank forum: EU-China 40 Years: A New comprehensive strategic partnership

Venue: VUB Etterbeek campus, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels

 Programme on 15th September 2015

Auditorium: Aula Q-C

08:40-09:00 – Registration
09:00-09:50 – Opening speech
Chair: Jan Cornels, Vice Rector, VUB

09:50-10:00 – Separate different panel groups

 Following panels will take place in parallel in 3 rooms (Aula Q: C, B, D)


Auditorium: Aula Q-C

10:00-11:00 – Panel I: EU-China partnership for peace and security (1)
Chair: Bingran Dai , Fudan University

11:00-11:30 – Coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Panel II: EU-China partnership for peace and security (2)
Chair: Duncan Freeman, VUB

Auditorium: Aula Q-B

10:00-11:00 – Panel lII: EU-China partnership for growth and development (1)
Chair: Gunter Gaublomme, VUB

11:00-11:30 – Coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Panel IV: EU-China Partnership for growth and development (2)
Chair: Henk Overbeek, VU Amsterdam

Auditorium: Aula Q-D

10:00-11:00 – Panel V. The EU-China and Governance: Global and bilateral dimensions
Chair: Richard Griffiths, Leiden University

11:00-11:30 – Coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Panel VI. EU-China partnership for civilization and culture
Chair: Gustaaf Geeraerts, VUB


Programme on 16th September 2015

Auditorium: Aula Q-C

08:30-09:50  Topic: One belt One Road

Chair: LIU Chenggong, Vice President, FUDAN University

09:50-10:00  The participants of BACES Forum move to Aula-A (entrance to the building will be closed at 10:00)
10:00-10:40  Chinese traditional music performance, by students of Fudan University
10:40-10:45  Speech by Eddy Van Gelder, Chairman of Board of Directors, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
10:45-11:00  BACES Think Tank Forum closing remark by Prof. Song Xinning, Renmin University of China and Prof. Gustaaf Geeraerts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
11:00-11:40  Keynote speech given by H.E. Madam LIU Yandong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (click here for more information)
11:45 End


Vrije Universiteit Brussel

China Scholarship Council

Brussels Academy for China and European Studies


Renmin University of China

Fudan University

Sichuan University