The Rise of China and the Rest: What are the Implications for the Transatlantic Community?
On January 21, the Young Transatlantic Network and the U.S Mission to the EU hosted a roundtable discussion with some of the fellows from Transatlantic Academy, Christina Lin and Patrick Quirk. The discussion focused on the emerging role of China on transatlantic relations. While China’s foreign policy continues to be proactive, it has not reached the level of a ‘super power’ as it is still constrained by domestic issues, energy interests and regional dynamics. While China’s methodology towards providing aid to transitional states is quite different from the ones that western states apply, it was suggested that China should be engaged in confidence building measures against non-traditional security challenges. Furthermore, China’s presence in the Mediterranean is the proof that the transatlantic bond can be strengthened in other regions as well. After their intervention the fellows were joined in a lively discussion by approximately 20 young professionals. Among other issues, the role of China in Afghanistan, the decreasing leverage of Western countries in promoting reforms and policy recommendations for more effective multilateralism were discussed.