How to deal with China? – with Ardi Bouwers
Play • 25 min

For decades, the European Union and China have eyed each other from a distance. Both economic giants in their own right, they saw huge benefit in co-operating with each other, blending their different economic strengths in what appeared to be a win-win situation. 

More recently, however, China has been acting in increasingly threatening ways; and it is becoming ever clearer that the EU needs a coherent strategy for relations with Beijing. In the words of the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell: 'We only have a chance if we deal with China with collective discipline'

In this episode, Will Murray speaks to Ardi Bouwers – a Sinologist and Director of the consultancy, China Circle, specialising in intercultural communication and media. They discuss:

  • the EU-China relationship and differences in values;
  • how the Chinese Communist Leadership perceives Europe;
  • bilateral relations between China and EU member-states;
  • why a collective EU strategy on China could benefit Europe; and
  • in which areas a positive agenda with China can be constructed.

For more news analysis and commentary on the EU and its neighbourhood, visit or follow us on twitter @commonspaceEU

More episodes
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu