How Can China and Europe Move toward Global Sustainability


On June 20, the China-Europe Roundtable, part of the CCG 8th China and Globalization Forum, was successfully held in Beijing, focusing on topics including cooperation between China and Europe and overall global sustainability. CCG senior fellow Andy Mok chaired the roundtable.


Despite a weak global recovery hobbled by the protracted pandemic, economic cooperation between China and Europe has remained robust. The EU and China, as the world’s second and third largest economies, share a responsibility to uphold the global system of free trade and other mechanisms of multilateral cooperation, especially in terms of achieving sustainable development and targets set out in the Paris Agreement.

Participants at this year’s China-Europe Roundtable, hosted by CCG, included representatives from chambers of commerce, international organizations, think tanks and businesses who engaged in deep and insightful discussions on key issues including development of the green economy, digital transformation, and stability in multilateral trade. Participants exchanged their opinions on the influence of China’s carbon-neutrality plan on ways in which China and the EU could possibly cooperate as well as how Europe will navigate its relations with China, which is seen simultaneously an economic competitor, a systemic rival, and a negotiating partner. A general consensus that communication is a key of part of cooperation between China and the EU, and both sides should work to promote mutual understanding.

List of Participants(in alphabetic order):

Joseph Cash, Policy Analyst, China Britain Business Council (CBBC)

Ibrahim Chowdhury, World Bank Senior Economist for China

CUI Hongjian, CCG Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Director of the Department of European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

FENG Zhongping, Director of Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Allan Gabor, President of Merck China

HE Weiwen, CCG Senior fellow, fomer Economic and Commercial Counselor at Chinese Consulates General in San Francisco and New York.

Jens Hildebrandt, Delegate & Chief Representative, Delegation of German Industry & Commerce Beijing

H.E. Archil Kalandia, Ambassador of Georgia to China

Alexander Kallweit, Head the Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Beijing

LIU Chang, Vice President of Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific, Chair of EUCCC Government Affairs Forum

Nova Li, Business Development Associate Director, AIIB-EBRD

Steven Lynch, Managing Director, BritCham China

QI Yan, Vice President of BeiGene

SUN Yongfu, CCG Senior Fellow, Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of European Affairs

Joerg Wuttke, President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China

XIA Jusong, President of International Business at United Imaging Healthcare (UIH)