China is the EU's second largest trading partner; Russia is the EU’s fourth largest trading partner. Cooperation between Russia and China is growing. The talk about competition between the EU and China in Russia is a new phenomenon. The seminar looked at the extent to which this competition is happening, in which areas it is happening and whether or not the EU and China can be complementary in their economic activities in Russia.
At the seminar Bruegel Senior Fellows Alicia Garcia-Herrero and Georg Zachman presented their latest research on the state of economic relations between the EU, Russia and China to high-level EU policy-makers and prominent experts from the EU and Russia, including Lanxin Xiang, Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Evgeny Vinokurov, Director of the Centre for Integration Studies, Kirsten Westphal, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Mikhail Krutikhin, Co-founder of and analyst at RusEnergy, Oksana Antonenko, Control Risks, and Tatiana Romanova, St. Petersburg State University.
This seminar was co-organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and Bruegel with the support of the EU-Russia Expert Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN).