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EU-China Maritime Connectivity: The Way Ahead


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (CEST)

EU-China Maritime Connectivity: The Way Ahead

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Introduction by the Chair


Mr Xavier Nuttin, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)


Keynote Address


Representative, Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU


Panel Discussion


Mr Vincent de Saedeleer, Honorary Vice President, Port of Zeebrugge 

Ms Gisela Grieger, Researcher, European Parliament Research Service

Prof Dr Xinning Song, China Director, Brussels Academy for China and European Studies

Representative, DG MOVE 




Networking Reception

EU-China Maritime Connectivity: The Way Ahead

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about to enter its fourth year of operation and has drawn significant attention worldwide. The project aims to enhance connectivity on the Eurasian content as a new driver for economic development at times of sluggish global growth. The BRI has a significant potential to address the infrastructure investment gap in Eurasia, and although several infrastructure projects encountered regulatory difficulties and have yet to materialize, Europe and its member states have increasingly engaged with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Although rail cargo between Europe and China provides a significant reduction in transport time and a considerable decrease in environmental costs compared to aircraft and ship freighting, 90 per cent of global trade is still carried by sea, and remains the most cost-effective way to move goods around the world. China and Europe boast some of the world’s busiest container ports, including Shanghai, Shenzhen and Ningbo in China, and Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg in Europe. Brussels and Beijing acknowledge the importance of maritime transport for their bilateral trade, and concluded the EU-China Maritime Transport agreement in 2002, which entered into force in 2008 with the objective to improve the conditions under which maritime transport operations are carried out. Also, China’s Belt and Road Initiative contains a maritime component – the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road -  intending to improve maritime connectivity and infrastructure throughout Northeast-Asia, Southeast-Asia, Africa and all the way to Europe. The investments by COSCO and the Shanghai International Port Group in container terminals in the ports of respectively Piraeus and Zeebrugge are testimony to these ambitions.

This seminar will bring together an expert panel of academics, policy makers and representatives from the private sector to discuss the state of play of maritime trade between China and Europe, thereby exploring ways to improve their maritime connectivity through for instance infrastructure investments, cooperation on customs matters, regulatory and technical cooperation.

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Asia Platform
26 Rue de la Loi, 10th floor
1040 Bruxelles

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (CEST)

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