The EU-China Peace and Security Forum, organised by the Delegation of the European Union to China, was held today in Beijing with the participation of prominent European and Chinese experts, government officials, think tank representatives, and students. The Forum, co-hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Chinese Institute for International Studies (CIIS), offers a unique platform to exchange views on EU-China peace and security cooperation. It is part of the two-year #ExperienceEurope initiative launched in May 2017 by the Delegation of the European Union to China, sharing information with Chinese audiences about the European Union, its values, its policies, and its people.
The event opened with remarks from Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, EU Ambassador to China, who stated that "The world of today requires a strong partnership between the EU and China providing stability on the global stage. We must – and do – work together on an ever-increasing number of issues. Part of this global engagement is increasingly foreign policy and security. We need to enhance concrete cooperation, especially on the DPRK, Africa, Middle East Peace Process, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran nuclear deal."
Mr. Chen Xu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General of European Affairs, also welcomed the experts, stating that “During President Xi Jinping’s visit to the EU headquarters in 2014, both sides further agreed to foster China-EU partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilization progress. The four-pillared partnership starting from that for peace, reflects the responsibility and call to action of China and the EU as two major forces in the world. China and Europe enjoy natural advantages and favorable conditions to build a partnership for peace, we should continue to support each other's development, support multilateralism, and build the above-mentioned four pillars of our partnership.”
The forum’s discussion sessions were led by some of the most prominent voices in international peace and security, including François Godement, Asia Programme Director and Senior Policy Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations; Dr. Cui Hongjian, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Department for European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies; Dr. Feng Zhongping, Vice President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations; Professor Li Qiang, Director of Centre for European Studies, Peking University; Dr. Xu Qiyu, Deputy Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies at National Defence University; Gudrun Wacker, Senior Fellow in the Asia Division at SWP; and Philip Stephens, Chief Political Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times. The forum highlighted both past achievements of EU-China peace and security cooperation and current areas where the two global actors can collaborate successfully.
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Over May 2017-April 2019, the #ExperienceEurope campaign by the Delegation of the European Union to China will entertain Chinese audiences as it informs them about the history, policies, values, economy, culture and lifestyle of the EU, its 28 Member States and its 500 million citizens through a series of 24 monthly topics in the form of social media posts, online competitions, podcasts, infographics, and animated videos. The overall #ExperienceEurope campaign will also feature cultural events, four large policy forums, and a series of public lectures on issues such as peace and prosperity, the environment, education, trade, and many other topics of interest.
About the Delegation of the European Union to China
The Delegation of the European Union to China was established in 1988 and is located in Beijing. It conducts official relations between the European Union and China and seeks to deepen EU-China cooperation and exchanges in all fields. To improve outreach to Chinese audiences, in May 2017, the EU Delegation launched the #ExperienceEuropesocial media campaign. Use the QR code above to follow the #ExperienceEurope WeChat campaign account or follow the EU on Weibo (Weibo handle: @欧盟在中国).
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