Stockholm China Forum
Stockholm China Forum (SCF) has become the leading transatlantic dialogue on China. The forum brings senior European and U.S. representatives from government, the media, business, and academia together with some of the top strategic thinkers from China on a bi-annual basis for a highly interactive conversation on a wide spectrum of economic, foreign policy, and security issues. SCF was established in cooperation with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2007. The forum relies on a loyal group of core participants who maintain a continuously evolving dialogue over time, while being consistently refreshed with a broader pool of China-watchers from the three policy communities. Since Stockholm China Forum 10, GMF has started to hold every other SCF “on the road.” The first of these was held in Beijing in December 2012, at the invitation of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Past Stockholm China Forums have included figures from across the U.S. policy community such as James Steinberg, David Ignatius, Aaron Friedberg, Michael Schiffer, Kenneth Lieberthal, Elizabeth Economy, and Myron Brilliant; EU policy officials such as Carl Bildt, Marcus Ederer, and Volker Stanzel; European thinkers such as Mark Leonard and Charles Grant; and leading experts on China such as Francois Godement, Linda Jakobson, and Minxin Pei. Since the fourth Stockholm China Forum, the discussion has benefited from the attendance of senior Chinese policy figures such as Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying, Cui Liru, Zhang Tuosheng, Yang Yi, and Qin Yaqing. The forums have been notable for attracting consistent and loyal participation and for their lively policy-focused discussions. One senior European official described the forum as “among the most policy-relevant seminars that I take part in.”
Topics discussed at past Stockholm China Forums
- China, Europe, and the changing international order
- China’s major power relationships: is a new normal emerging?
- The United States, Europe, and China – the geostrategic outlook for the next four years
- The pivot to Asia and U.S.-China Relations
- The eurozone crisis and EU-China Relations
- The new Chinese leadership, the China Dream, and prospects for reform
- China’s economic transformation, U.S. recovery, and the euro crisis