20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party: What it Means for Europe

Friday 4 November 2022 / 11:00 - 13:00 / Zoom

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Europe-Asia Webinar Series (via Zoom) organized by YCAPS:

As the world intently scrutinizes the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), its developments and outcomes are of critical importance to world politics. Coming at a critical juncture, the National Congress is poised to have considerable implications for regional and global geopolitics, especially that of Europe.

Russia’s war on Ukraine has greatly complicated the relationship between China and Europe. NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept reference to China is a strong inference on how the transatlantic approach is not in favor of China. The thoroughly updated 2022 Strategic Concept provided the alliance some much-needed clarity on its overall transatlantic strategy, as well as momentum toward building cohesion around NATO’s principles and values to make it relevant for future security challenges.

In this context, there are several questions that demand further discussion:

  • As China’s domestic developments have a strong foreign policy links, how do the newly inducted leaders after the 20th National Congress view world politics?
  • What will be their approach towards Europe which is a critical geopolitical zone?
  • How is the European continent viewing China in the overall emerging security environment?
  • What is China’s perception of NATO and the European continent as a whole under Xi Jinping’s leadership?

In order to delve into some of these questions, YCAPS will be joined by Dr. Luke Patey of the Danish Institute for International Studies, and Dr. Torbjörn Lodén, Head of the China Centre at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden for a roundtable discussion co-moderated by Dr. Jagannath Panda and Mr. Sam Baron.

This is the inaugural event in the Europe-Asia Webinar Series hosted by YCAPS’ Europe Chapter at the Stockholm Centre for South Asia and Indo-Pacific Affairs (SCSA-IPA) of the Institute for Security and Development in Stockholm, Sweden. This webinar will expand upon the themes discussed during the previous YCAPS webinar about the Congress in the Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue Series to be held on October 26,2022.

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Dr. Luke Patey‘s research focuses on geoeconomics, industrial competitiveness, emerging technologies, and economic coercion and sanctions within Europe-China relations, US-China relations, and the Indo-Pacific region. Patey is author of How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions (Oxford University Press USA, 2021) and The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan (Hurst, 2014). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Finan­cial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, and The Hindu. Patey is also Lead Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford, where he heads the institute’s Africa research. He has been a vis­it­ing scholar at the United Nations University (Tokyo), the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil (New York), Peking Uni­ver­sity (Bei­jing), and Centre d’études et de recherches internationals (Paris). Patey holds a BSc (Hons.) in commerce from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and a MSc and PhD from the Copenhagen Business School.

Dr. Torbjörn Lodén was a Professor of Chinese language and culture at Stockholm University from 1990-2014. He holds a B.A. degree in Russian and philosophy from Stockholm University (1968), and after that he took up his Chinese studies, first in Stockholm (1968-69) and later at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1970-71). From 1973 to 1976 he served as the Swedish Cultural Attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. In 1990, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Sinology in Stockholm. In the 1980’s he set up, together with Dr. Bert Edström, Senior Fellow at ISDP, the first East Asian Studies Program at Stockholm University. He served as the Director of the Centre for Pacific Asia Studies at Stockholm University 1998-2001; as a research fellow at City University of Hong Kong 2003-2004; and as a Visiting Professor at the same university from 2011-2014. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Webinar Cost: Free of charge
Chair: Dr. Jagannath Panda
Co-Chair: Mr. Sam Baron
Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded.
Registration: Required via this link.
Co-Sponsor: Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)