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Europe and China’s New Silk Roads

Edited by: Frans-Paul van der Putten, John Seaman, Mikko Huotari, Alice Ekman, Miguel Otero-Iglesias

The European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) is a gathering of China experts from a selection of European policy research institutes. It is devoted to the study of Chinese foreign policy and European Union (EU)-China relations and facilitates regular exchanges among participating researchers. ETNC strives to deepen the understanding of how Europe, as a complex set of actors, relates with China and how China's development and evolving global role will impact the future of Europe. When examining the EU-China relationship, the network's discussions, analyses and recommendations take a decidedly 'bottom-up' approach, examining the bilateral relationships between individual EU member states and China in order to generate a more complex perspective on the broader EU-China relationship.

This report contains the following articles regarding the Europe-China relations on the back of China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, which are contributed by various academics and/or analysts.

  • The Role of OBOR in Europe-China Relations
  • The Czech Republic: New Strategic Partnership with China, yet Little Real OBOR Touch
  • OBOR from a Danish Perspective: Still Mainly Limited to the AIIB
  • France: On the Periphery of China's New Silk Roads
  • Germany and the 'Belt and Road' Initiative: Tackling Geopolitical Implications through Multilateral Frameworks
  • 'One Belt, One Road' Projects in Greece: A Key Driver of Sino-Greek Relations
  • Hungary: Along the New Silk Road across Central Europe
  • OBOR and Italy: Strengthening the Southern Route of the Maritime Silk Road
  • The Netherlands and the New Silk Road: Threats and Opportunities resulting from Changing Trade Routes
  • Poland on the Silk Road in Central Europe: To Become a Hub of Hubs?
  • Portugal and OBOR: Welcoming, but Lacking a Strategy
  • Slovakia: Disconnected from China's New Silk Road
  • Spain: Looking for Opportunities in OBOR
  • 'One Belt, One Road' in the Swedish Context
  • The United Kingdom: A Platform for Commercial Cooperation
  • The EU Level: 'Belt and Road' Initiative Slowly Coming to Terms with the EU Rules-based Approach


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