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Europe – Asia Center

Europe – Asia Center: High-Level Dialogue with the Xinhua Institute to Foster EU-China Academic Relations


Brussels, June 18th, 2024


On Monday, June 17th, the Europe-Asia Center had the honor of engaging in a high-level dialogue with Xinhua Institute, one of China's premier think tanks, to mark the upcoming launch of their report on the theoretical and practical contributions of new quality productive forces.



Following a presentation by the Xinhua Institute, its President Liu Gang outlined the key takeaways from the report titled "Empower China, Benefit the World: An Analysis of the Theoretical Contribution and Value Orientation of New Quality Productive Forces."


The Europe-Asia Center was represented by its Co-Chair, H.E. Erik Solheim. During the meeting, participants discussed the challenges and opportunities for enhancing EU-Asia political and academic relations, expressing concerns about growing geopolitical tensions and emphasizing the need for intensified efforts in promoting dialogue and mutual understanding.


Mr. Solheim also critiqued the concept of over-capacity, arguing that it is a precondition for trade. Notably, he highlighted that companies like Apple and German car manufacturers would not have achieved their current success had they produced exclusively for their home markets.


At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Solheim received a beautiful silk tapestry depicting the ancient Chinese capital of Kaifeng, symbolizing the rich cultural heritage and long-standing history of Chinese civilization.



Jonathan Schwestka, Project Coordinator at the Europe-Asia Center, remarked, "In an era marked by unprecedented global challenges, strengthening collaboration between East and West, particularly between China and Europe, is not just beneficial but essential. Partnerships between institutions like the Xinhua Institute and the Europe-Asia Center are the keystones to fostering innovative solutions and mutual growth, bridging gaps, and building a more interconnected and resilient world."


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Jonathan Schwestka, Project Coordinator, Europe – Asia Center


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