China and Europe: Prospects for Cooperation and the Future of Multilateralism

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Monday, November 19th, 2018

Monday, November 19, 201810:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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The topic of this academic seminar is situated in the global shift of retreating American global leadership. America’s protectionist and isolationist tendencies have given rise to competing views about the world order, and contending emerging powers who may champion or restructure the liberal rules-based international system. China’s increasingly proactive foreign policy and the initiative of European states to uphold principles such as free trade hint at future prospects for further collaboration among like-minded partners, outside of traditional alliance networks. For example, in the area of global environmental governance, China’s growing portfolio in renewable energy investment and climate action is aligning it with the interests and positions of countries such as France and Germany. This raises the question of whether Europe and China should still be viewed in a East vs West dichotomy, or rather now as potential partners with shared policy priorities and collaborative approaches to global governance. Please join us – our speakers Professor Robert Austin, Dr. Anton Malkin, Mr. Bowen Yu and Mr. Asif Farooq will discuss China-EU relations, China’s role in the Balkans, Made in China 2025 and its implications for China-EU relations, and more!


Professor Robert Austin
Associate Professor, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto

Dr. Anton Malkin
Research Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Mr. Asif Farooq
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Mr. Bowen Yu
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto


Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union

Asian Institute


Association of Political Science Students

European Studies Students' Association

International Relations Society

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