18 Apr 2013

International Conference "EU-China Soft Diplomacy"

From 18/04 till 19/04

EU Committee of the Regions
99-101 Rue Belliard
1040 Brussels

On 18-19 April 2013,  the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe together with the Committee of the Regions organized an International Conference on "EU-China Soft Diplomacy". H.E. Mr WU Hailong, Chinese Ambassador to the EU, and Mr Gerhard STAHL, the Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions delivered keynote speeches.

You can find more information on the conference in the Concept note.



The Conference on "EU-China Soft DIplomacy" gathered over 190 participants and featured the following panels:

  • Panel 1: Dialogue and Soft Diplomacy Between the EU and China;
  • Panel 2: Environmental Diplomacy;
  • Panel 3: Culture Diplomacy;
  • Panel 4: Education Diplomacy;
  • Panel 5: The EU's Public Diplomacy and EU-China Relations;
  • Panel 6: China's Public Diplomacy and EU-China Relations.

The full Programme of the Conference is available here.

You can find short biographies of the speakers here.


In the framework of this international conference, the Committee of the Regions organized a workshop (roundtable) on "EU-China Cooperation in the field of Regional Development and Urbanisation". High-level participants from different institutions and international organizations took part in this workshop.



The report of the conference is publised in the special issue of the EU-China Observer (Issue 2 2013).



Contact person at the College of Europe:

Ms Veronika ORBETSOVA, veronika.orbetsova@coleurope.eu

and/or Professor Jing MEN, jing.men@coleurope.eu

Contact person at the Committee of the Regions:

Mr Svetlozar ANDREEV, svetlozar.andreev@cor.europa.eu




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