- February 12, 2020
On February 12, 2020, the Aspen Institute Germany in cooperation with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a workshop titled “Addressing the China Challenge” with experts from industry, academia and politics. The workshop was moderated by Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS and Tyson Barker, Fellow and Program Director at the Aspen Institute Germany.
After a brief opening input by Theresa Fallon, Founder & Director of the Brussels-based Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS), the participants discussed joint challenges and benefits for Europe and the U.S. stemming from China’s rise as well as their possible impacts on the transatlantic partnership. Based on these assessments, a second workshop phase emphasized the goals that should guide a European approach towards China. Prof. Dr. Frank N. Pieke, former Director and CEO of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Leiden, provided another impulse for the subsequent debate of specific recommendations for U.S. – EU cooperation on China. The final round of discussion about specific policies and instruments identified many possible areas of cooperation, focusing on issues where European and U.S. interests align, or burden-sharing appears feasible. The session is part of an ongoing project by the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program, and the information from this session will be used to inform a full-length report on this topic to be published later this spring.