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G20 in Hangzhou: China and Global Governance

Thursday, 17 November, 2016 - 17:00 to Thursday, 17 November, 2016 - 19:15
1 Defacqz Street, 1000 Brussels

Co-sponsored by Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

European Post Graduate School of International Strategy and Development (CERIS)

Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES)

2008 global financial crisis gave birth to the G20, which marks a new type of global governance. While most of the Western powers’ economy floundered, China has moved up the GDP to the world’s second place, showing another alternative of developmental model. Is the G20 in Hangzhou a demonstration of China’s bid for global economic governance? Does China have an ambition in the leadership?
At a time of protectionist backlash across the world, should China’s champion for free trade be seen as a support of liberal international order or a potential threat to liberal international order? Next year, the G20 summit will be held in Germany, which is facing the dilemma of free trade and protectionism as European Union. Can Germany and China cooperate to promote free trade? Is it possible for EU and China reach consensus on global economic governance? To answer those questions, we invite experts from both China and Europe to share their insights on “China and Global Governance”.


  • Prof. Dr. Daojiong Zha, School of International Studies, Peking University
  • Prof. Dr. Weiping Huang, Jean Monnet Chair, Renmin University of China
  • Dr. Enrico Fels, Research Fellow, Center for Global Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Prof. David Fouquet, Vice President of CERIS, Brussels

Registration (deadline is 14th November): click here