Join the Mershon Center for a discussion on the relationship between European countries and China, and how those relationships impact the U.S. Three experts – Peter Gries from the Manchester China Institute, Janka Oertel from the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Richard Turcsanyi from the Central European Institute of Asian Studies at Palacky University Olomouc – will analyze the following questions.
How do people in different European countries perceive China and how are European states likely to deal with China? How will attitudes and perceptions in various European countries affect intra-European cooperation when it comes to China? How will these beliefs affect U.S.-European cooperation vis-à-vis China? Are there likely to be splits between Western Europeans and Eastern Europeans? Are there other faults lines? If so, what are they? What does the often discussed “strategic autonomy” of Europeans vis-à-vis the United States mean when dealing with China? What are the most obvious domestic obstacles in European states when it comes to putting together an effective China strategy? What are the most useful moves a new administration in Washington might make when it comes to China? How will China react to various European and U.S. moves in both the short and longer runs?
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Dr. Peter Gries is the Lee Kai Hung Chair and Director of the Manchester China Institute, and Professor of Chinese Politics. Peter is the author of The Politics of American Foreign Policy: How Ideology Divides Liberals and Conservatives over Foreign Affairs (Stanford, 2014) and China’s New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy (California, 2005). He has also authored dozens of peer reviewed journal articles and is the co-editor of State and Society in 21st Century China (Routledge, 2004) and of Chinese Politics (Routledge, 2010).
Dr. Janka Oertel is the Director of the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She previously worked as a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Berlin office, where she focused on transatlantic China policy including on emerging technologies, Chinese foreign policy and security in East Asia. She has published widely on topics related to EU-China relations, US-China relations, security in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese foreign policy, 5G and emerging technologies as well as climate cooperation.
Dr. Richard Turcsanyi is a Key Researcher at Palacky University Olomouc, Assistant Professor at Mendel University in Brno, and Program Director at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS). His research interests include Chinese foreign policy, EU-China relations, and Chinese soft power. He has been a lead researcher in 'Sinophone Borderlands' survey projects studying Global Views on China, first conducting a survey in 13 European countries in 2020 and currently in preparation for a similar survey in Asia. He is the lead co-author of European public opinion on China in the age of COVID-19: Differences and common ground across the continent. He is also the author of “China has not bought Central Eastern Europe,” Foreign Policy, 2020.
The American Foreign and Military Policy research cluster is an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster focuses on the study of US foreign relations, US defense policy, and international relations, diplomacy, and war as they affect US foreign policy and military affairs in contemporary and historical contexts. The cluster examines these elements of power from both American and foreign viewpoints in order to understand both the domestic drivers of policy and the impact of other nations on it. The cluster examines foreign and military affairs holistically, along with all elements of power – diplomatic, economic, military, informational, financial, intelligence, cultural, and legal – that have an impact on them.