对外经济贸易大学 学校公告




Call for Papers

International Conference on

Competition and Partnership: Key Issues of economic relations between China und EU



April 12-13, 2008, Beijing China




  • University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing China
  • Heinrich-Boell-Fundation, Germany
  • Sino-German School of Governance, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany




Purposes of the Conference

China has enjoyed 9% annual average growth since 1980 and boosted to the world’s 4th economic power and the 3rd biggest exporter. The EU offers the largest market in the world. It enjoys world leadership in key technologies and skills. The EU plays a central role in finding sustainable solutions to today's challenges, on the environment, on energy, on globalization. EU-China trade has increased dramatically in the past few years, doubling between 2000 and 2005. Europe is China's largest export market; China is Europe's largest source of imports. The important role that both China and EU play in the global Economy and the effects from both sides to further strengthen their economic ties is the motive for us to organize this conference. Participants from academia and policy circles in China and Europe will join to discuss recent topics and developments in EU-China political economy and economic cooperation. Papers should be of high academic quality, but relevant and accessible for policy circles.






Themes of the conference

To better reflect the importance of their relations, the EU and China agreed a strategic partnership in 2003. On 24 October 2006, the European Commission launched a new strategy paper (EU Comm2006 631 final) for the relationship with China “EU-China: Closer Partners, Growing Responsibilities”. Accompanying this Communication is a separate policy paper that sets out a new comprehensive strategy for building the European Union’s trade and investment relationship with China, entitled “Competition and Partnership”.

The Paper (EU Comm2006 631) lined out a wide range of issues in the bilateral cooperation. Now the negotiations for a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement are on the way between the authorities from both sides, which will also update the 1985 Trade and Co-operation Agreement. The signing of the new agreement will lay a stable fundament for strengthening economic and trade relations between China and EU.

Focusing on the economic field, we selected topics for our conference, which will play key role in the bilateral relations in the years to come:


Key issue 1:  Role of China and EU in the World Economy


Recently, the strength of the Euro had great impacts on bilateral trade between China und EU. At the same time, the importance of the Euro as a reserve currency is increasing for China. This raises the question how future alignments are feasible, and what will be the strategic influences on trade and investment flows between China and Europe. Beyond these short and medium term developments, there are fundamental questions concerning the role of the two currencies in the world economy, especially after a foreseeable further liberalization of the Chinese currency regime. With the increasing openness of the Chinese economy, the regional role of the Renminbi will grow, resulting in a quadrangle of currency relations between the US Dollar, the Euro, the Yen and the Renminbi, which will deeply affect the global flows of trade and investment.



Key Issue 2: Contested Markets: Trade Policy and Market Access


The exchange rate is a core point in the trade policy agenda, as the long-standing tensions between China and the US witness. Issues of trade policy and market accessalso move into the center of European concerns about bilateral trade and economic relations, such as tariff and non-tariff barriers, alleged discrimination of and lacking legal protection for foreign investors, and lack of compliance to WTO regulations. While European authorities seem doubtful of the efficiency of “Dialogue first” policy for solving those disputesChina is concerned about a possible extension of the use of safeguard clauses and a possible politicization of trade relations, resulting in disguised protectionism and anti-dumping procedures.Mutual perceptionsplay a crucial role in determining policies, and there is a need for a more constructive dialogue to deal with misperceptions on both sides. Beyond these policy issues, the decision-making process in trade policyon both sides needs to be analyzed in order to identify particular actors and interests which take decisive impact on future developments.



Key issue 3: Natural Resources, Climate change, Energy Security and potential EU-China Cooperation



Chinas economic development comes with a rapidly growing demand for natural resources and energy. As a newcomer, China faces difficulties and strong competition in entering the global energy markets which have long been dominated by western countries and companies. Especially, but not only in Africa where China has longstanding relations, it has increased its engagement. Europe is watching with interest and increasing criticism towards Chinas unconditional investment and aid in resource rich countries. At the same time the EU is shaping own strategies for the Unions engagement in Africa. Here lies the potential for competition and confrontation as well as for a future cooperation to manage the global energy demand and distribution. Europe is a global protagonist in climate policies, also expressing concerns about the impact of Chinese rapid growth on global climate change. China is short of technology and know-how for enhancing energy efficiency and reducing emission of greenhouse gases. Common interests in tackling climate change will enable environmental technology and management to become a promising field of economic and technological cooperation between China und EU. These complex interactions deserve closer scrutiny of the empirical facts, which are crucial for the strategic scenarios on both sides.



Paper requirements

Participants should submit an unpublished and original paper on Sino-European economic relations to the conference; deadline of the submission is March 30, 2008. Papers must be sent to the conference secretariat via E-Mail (shishiwei@uibe.edu.cn). Paper titles should be submitted upon registration.For all papers, titles, abstracts, institutional address and a briefing introduction to the author are required. Acceptances will be announced by early March. Proceedings of the conference will be published by an international publishing house.



Participants have not to pay for the participation. The conference organizers provide full financial support for the speakers and discussants. All other participants have to pay the expenses by themselves. 




Important Dates


Registration by February 25 2008

Paper submission By March 30 2008

Conference        April 12-13 2008


Coordinators of the conference

Prof. Dr. Shi Shiwei, Director of Centre for Europe Studies, Institute for Regional Studies, UIBE

Prof. Dr. Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, Academic Director, Sino-German School of Governance, Witten/Herdecke University


Working Language           


 Working language of the conference will be English.


Contact persons:


Prof. Dr. Shiwei Shi

Phone/Fax: 008610 – 6449 2004


Mrs. Dingding An

Phone: 008610 – 6449 3570












l        对外经济贸易大学,中国,北京

l        德国海因里希·伯尔基金会

l        德国维藤大学德中管理学院








为更好地体现双边关系的重要性,中国和欧盟在2003年建立了战略合作伙伴关系。20061024,欧盟委员会颁布了一个新的名为“欧盟与中国:更紧密的伙伴,承担更多的责任”的对华政策文件(欧盟委员会文件2006 631终)。 欧盟委员会还同时颁布了一个名为“竞争与伙伴关系”的姊妹文件,专题阐释了建立欧盟对华贸易和投资关系的综合战略。今年以来中国政府与欧盟开始就签署一个新的合作协定进行谈判,这个协定将更新1985年签署的《中欧贸易与合作协定》,使中欧经济与贸易关系获得一个更坚实的基础。




l        中国与欧盟在世界经济中的作用


-          中国与欧盟的货币与外汇政策

-          欧元升值对双边贸易的影响

-          未来欧元与人民币在世界与地区经济中的作用



l        贸易政策和市场准入


-          关税与非关税壁垒

-          贸易争端解决机制

-          进一步开放市场与投资者保护

-          贸易体制改革的政治经济问题



l        自然资源、气候变化、能源安全与中欧合作潜力


-          中国经济发展的自然资源和能源挑战

-          中欧在环境政策和气候变化领域的合作

-          中欧在能源安全领域的合作

-          中国和欧盟的能源外交





与会者应在2008 315之前向“竞争与伙伴关系:中国与欧盟经济贸易关系热点问题”国际研讨会的秘书处提交一份原创的、未经出版的论文。电子信箱为:shishiwei@uibe.edu.cn


































电话/传真: 008610 6449 2004



电话: 008610 6449 3570

电子邮件: andingding@uibe.edu.cn


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