China-US Relations in a New Global Order

On Monday 9 July, the Fudan Centre hosted a roundtable discussion between scholars of Fudan University and counterparts from Danish research and education institutions. The Fudan delegation included Professor Wu Xinbo, Dean of the Institute of International Studies (IIS) and Director at the Centre for American Studies (CAS) of Fudan University, Professor Song Guoyou, Deputy Director of CAS and Professor Lin Minwang, Assistant Dean of IIS.

The event was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Troels Østergaard Sørensen, and moderated by Chunrong Liu of the Fudan Centre. It featured a keynote presentation by Professor Wu Xinbo. In his talk, he defined the major current challenges to China-US trade relations in conjunction with the unfolding trade dispute between China and the US.

According to Professor Wu, China-US relations under the Trump administration have shifted towards a state of mutual competition, which has suppressed the partnership once present. Accordingly, China-US economic relations are no longer viewed as a positive factor, but is increasingly viewed as a centre of contention from a US perspective.

Another challenge to China-US relations regards the role as responsible stakeholder in regional and global issues. In Professor Wu's mind, the Trump administration does not seem interested in the US being a responsible stakeholder in regional and global issues. He predicts that future cooperation between China and the US will take place under 'necessary' rather than 'expanding' conditions.

Lastly, he argued that in the current pattern of interaction between China and the US, the two parts are unable to reach a lasting state of consensus. The unpredictable behavior of the Trump administration has undermined the strategic trust between the two leaders.

To lay the ground for further discussions, Professor Bertel Heurlin of the Department of Political Science gave a presentation on the theoretical issues of major power relations, and shared the European perspectives on China-US relations. The presentations was followed by a vivid roundtable discussion between the participating scholars. The discussions touched upon several issues relating to OBOR, China's EU strategy, and its Arctic interests.

 
 

Pre-Shanghai Forum 2018: China-EU Relations in a Changing World Order

On May 7 and 8, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies held its annual pre-Shanghai Forum. Under the overarching theme ‘China-EU relations and Sino-Nordic Cooperation’, this year’s pre-Shanghai Forum featured a number of events, including a forum on ‘China-EU relations in a Changing World Order’ and a policy brief session at the Nordic Council of Ministers, with talks by Prof. Song Xinning (China Director, BACES) and Prof. Chen Zhimin (Vice President, Fudan University).

The central event of the May 7 pre-Shanghai Forum was the open forum on a ‘China-EU relations in a Changing World Order’. The forum featured presentations by colleagues from the Department of Political Science of the University of Copenhagen as well as Chen Zhimin, Vice Director of Fudan University and Song Xinning, China Director, Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES). 

Prof. Ian Manners: “EU-China Normative Power in Planetary Politics”
Prof. Ole Wæver: “A Post-Western Europe”
Prof. Jens Ladefoged Mortensen: “Trade War”
Prof. Song Xinning: ”Understanding EU-China Strategic Partnership”
Prof. Chen Zhimin: “Managing a Two-Level Relationship with Europe”

The presentations were followed by open panel discussions moderated by Head of Department of the Department of Political Science Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen.

 

Understanding Asia 2018

From February 12-16, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies along with NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Nansen Academy co-arranged the 2018 Understanding Asia course, which took place at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. Held annually since 2013, the course features five days of lectures and activities to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, and economic elements shaping today’s Asia.

Call for papers

The conference theme “China and the World: Development · Governance · Security” is broadly construed to include quantitative, data-driven studies and qualitative studies from all social science disciplines.PhD students up to associate professors under the age of 45 may apply. The conference will take place May 24-25, 2018 at Fudan University.

The conference theme “China and the World: Development · Governance · Security” is broadly construed to include quantitative, data-driven studies and qualitative studies from all social science disciplines.