Mission statement and projects

Mission

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. While the EU has been building its capabilities and ambitions as a global actor, China is a major driving force behind the changing world order. The Centre carries out research on bilateral aspects of the EU-China relationship as well as their roles in a global context in areas such as security, trade, investment and climate change. 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.

Research Projects

In light of the mission of the EU-China Research Centre, the short- to medium-term objectives and projects are regularly updated. The Centre currently aims to explore the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (One Belt, One Road), especially in the area of rail transport, EU-China trade and investment flows, their climate change and energy policies, and the roles of the EU and China in global governance.

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