As China and the EU prepare for the 24th Bilateral Summit, Bonnie Glaser is joined by Gunnar Wiegand, new Visiting Distinguished Fellow at GMF, to chat about what to expect at and after the summit

Early next month, the European Union and China are set to hold the 24th bilateral summit. The last EU-China summit was held via video conference in April 2022. It took place against the background of China’s countermeasures to EU sanctions on human rights, Chinese economic coercion and trade measures against the single market, and most importantly, Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and Beijing’s unwillingness to condemn the invasion. Earlier this year, the European Council reaffirmed the EU’s multifaceted policy approach towards China, which is based on the judgment that China is simultaneously a partner, a competitor, and a systemic rival. However, that balancing act is getting more and more difficult.

Host Bonnie Glaser is joined by Mr. Gunnar Wiegand, who has recently retired from the post of Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service, which he held for 7 ½ years. He is now a visiting professor at the College of Europe and the Paris School of International Affairs, and as of November 1, 2023, he has joined GMF’s Indo-Pacific program as a visiting distinguished fellow.

Episode Highlights:

[01:39] EU-China Relations on the Eve of the 24th Bilateral Summit

[05:13] Impact of the War in Ukraine on EU-China Relations

[07:29] How could China alleviate concerns in Europe?

[09:33] De-risking in the European Union

[15:27] Proportionate and Precise Economic Security

[18:27] How similar are EU and US perceptions of China?

[22:13] The EU’s Stance on Taiwan

[26:19] How can EU contribute to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait?

[27:21] Outcomes of the Biden-Xi Summit