Mission statement and projects


The EU-China Research Centre, based within the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, focuses on the European Union’s relations with China in the changing international system. China is a major driving force behind the emerging multipolar world order, while the EU has likewise been building up its capabilities and ambitions as a global actor. The Centre’s overall objective is to advance research and promote policy dialogue on questions of strategic importance to both sides. The Centre also aims to serve as a bridge between the academic and the policymaking community in EU-China relations.


In light of the mission of the EU-China Research Centre, the short- to medium-term objectives and projects are regularly reviewed. For 2016 the Centre aims to explore the synergies between China’s New Silk Road Initiative (One Belt, One Road) and the EU’s Investment/Juncker Plan, their respective climate change and energy policies, the negotiation of a Bilateral Investment Treaty, and the EU’s and China’s development cooperation with Africa.

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