As part of our 'Reinvention of Europe' project, ECFR co-organised* a conference in Prague to examine how Europe is seen by other important global powers. Six eminent academics and thinkers gave their thoughts from the viewpoint of China, Turkey, India, Brazil, Japan and Russia. I recorded interviews with all six, which are being published as podcasts, and also gathering up the abstracts of the papers that each one presented in this short series of blog posts.
This first post looks at the Europe from the point of view of China, with Zhimin Chen of Fudan University in Shanghai. Click here to listen to the short podcast interview with him. Here is an outline of his thoughts:
Since the end of Cold war, Chinese policy makers, observers and general public have developed a quite positive and optimist view about the European Union. The smooth development of bilateral relations, the
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