Programme – 7th Workshop on EU-China Relations

KAS-CRN-logo Programme - 7th Workshop on EU-China Relations

Programme

7th Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics

“European and Asian Perspectives on China’s Belt & Road Initiative”

Astana, Kazakhstan

24-26 April 2018

KAS-CRN-logo Programme - 7th Workshop on EU-China Relations

 

DAY I – TUE, 24 April 2017 – Nazarbayev University Astana

09.00     Welcoming remarks
  • Thomas HELM, KAS Country Representative Kazakhstan, Astana / Kazakhstan.
  • Dr. Peter HEFELE, KAS Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP), Hongkong SAR / PR China.
09.20     Introduction to the topic and method
  • Maximilian RECH, ESSCA School of Management, Shanghai.
09.30     Session 1.1 – China’s BRI and the evolving global order: In search for theoretical and analytical macro-level approaches
  • Chair > Dr. Frauke AUSTERMANN, ESSCA School of Management.
  • Presenter 1 (10 min) > Dr. Duncan FREEMAN, EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe. The Belt and Road and Over-Capacity: Trade, Investment, Infrastructure and the Road to (Re)Industrialisation.
  • Presenter 2 (10 min) > H.E. Dr. Wolfgang ROEHR, Senior Research Fellow, German Studies Center, Tongji University, Shanghai. All roads lead to Beijing? The BRI as a set of bilateral agreements or a network of equals.
  • Presenter 3 (10 min) > Dr. Moritz PIEPER, University of Salford, Manchester, UK. The Belt and Road Initiative and Sino-Russian Order Conceptions in a Post-American World.

Q&A (15 min)

Session 1.2 – Central Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Southeast Asian perspectives on the BRI at the regional, national and subnational level
  • Chair > Dr. Duncan FREEMAN, College of Europe, Bruges.
  • Presenter 4 (10 min) > Amitabh SINGH, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. India and the Belt and Road Initiative: No, Yes, Maybe!
  • Presenter 5 (10 min) > Dr. Fabienne BOSSUYT, Ghent University, The EU’s and China’s development assistance towards Central Asia: Low versus contested impact.
  • Presenter 6 (10 min) > Dr. SONG Lilei, School of Political Science and International Relations at Tongji University. The advancing of EU-Japan strategic relations and its impact on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Q&A (15 min)

10.30     Coffee Break
10.45     Session 2.1 – China’s BRI and the evolving global order: In search for theoretical and analytical macro-level approaches
  • Chair > Maximilian RECH, ESSCA School of Management, Shanghai.
  • Presenter 7 (10 min) > Dr. Anastasiya BAYOK, Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Free University Berlin. Perceiving and being perceived: BRI and the change of regional and international order.
  • Presenter 8 (10 min) > Dr. Jeremy GARLICK, University of Economics Prague. An Innovative Approach to Theorizing China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Complex Eclecticism.
  • Presenter 9 (10 min) > Marton KRASZNAI, Center for Central Asia Research of Budapest Corvinus University. Analysis of Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for the European Union.

Q&A (15 min)

Session 2.2 – Central Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Southeast Asian perspectives on the BRI at the regional, national and subnational level
  • Chair > Richard TURCSANYI, Mendel University in Brno.
  • Presenter 10 (10 min) > Dr. Tony Tai-Ting LIU, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo. Racing to Africa and Beyond? Japan’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and Its Implications for the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Presenter 11 (10 min) > Jagannath Prasad PANDA, Research Fellow & Centre Head, East Asia, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, India. Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC): An India-Japan Indo-Pacific Response to China’s BRI?
  • Presenter 12 (10 min) > Dr. Kamalbek KARYMSHAKOV, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas Univesity. Determinants of International Labour Migration in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan: From the Current Gravity to Perspectives of Regional Economic Integration.
  • Presenter 13 (10 min) > Albina MURATBEKOVA, Institute of Oriental Studies, Almaty. Seizing the BRI: Central Asian view of challenges in South Asia.
  • Presenter 14 (10 min) > Dr. Dominik MIERZEJEWSKI, University of Lodz, Center for Asian Affairs. The role of sub-national actors in Belt and Road Initiative.

Q&A (15 min)

12.30     Lunch
14.00     Session 3.1 – BRI and China-Europe relations – on the regional, national and subnational level
  • Chair > Dr. Peter HEFELE, KAS RECAP.
  • Presenter 15 (10 min) > Prof. Richard GRIFFITHS, Leiden University. The Missing Western End of the New Silk Road.
  • Presenter 16 (10 min) > Prof. May TAN-MULLINS, Nottingham Ningbo University. Ningbo ‘s Position and International Advantages in the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Presenter 17 (10 min) > Prof. MA Junchi, Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The differences and paradoxes between China and Europe in the OBOR.
  • Presenter 18 (10 min) > Dr. Miguel OTERO-IGLESIAS, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid; ESSCA. Clash of cultures or normative convergence in Sino-European understandings of development: the case of the AIIB.

Q&A (15 min)

Session 3.2 – People-to-People Cooperation and societal repercussions along the BRI
  • Chair > Jacob DREYER, Palgrave.
  • Presenter 19 (10 min) > Dr. Frauke AUSTERMANN, ESSCA School of Management. Women and the New Silk Road.
  • Presenter 20 (10 min) > Simon LAND, Nazarbayev University. Perceptions amongst different strata of Kazakhstan in relation to the OBOR
  • Presenter 21 (10 min) > David MERKLE, Academic Council on Culture and Foreign Policy – WIKA (Research Initiative). Can a shared past lay solid ground for a joint future? The Belt and Road Initiative and opportunities for cultural and public exchanges between Europe and Asia
  • Presenter 22 (10 min) > Meena BILGI, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN). China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative – Why Gender Matters!

Q&A (15 min)

15.30     Coffee Break
16.00     Session 4.1 – BRI and China-Europe relations – on the regional, national and subnational level
  • Chair > Dr. Miguel OTERO-IGLESIAS, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid.
  • Presenter 23 (10 min) > Marc CHENG, Executive Director of EU Centre in Taiwan (EUTW). China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Europe and implication for Taiwan.
  • Presenter 24 (10 min) > Xavier NUTTIN, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS). Will the Belt and Road Initiative bring the EU and China closer?
  • Presenter 25 (10 min) > Dr. Richard TURCSANYI, Mendel University in Brno. The Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on the Perception of China in Europe: Seeing Old Wine through the New Bottle?
  • Presenter 26 (10 min) > Dr. Ikboljon QORABOYEV, Higher School of Economics of Kazguu University, Astana. EU-China relations and evolving global order: Challenges for building a narrative around the BRI
  • Presenter 27 (10 min) > Kai LIU, School of Law, Jiangsu Normal University, China. Dilemmas in China’s Policy on promoting Chinese companies to invest in infrastructure construction in the European Union in the context of the Belt & Road Initiative: A labour law perspective.

Q&A (15 min)

Session 4.2 – Meta-level analyses: Case studies and micro-level analysis on particular projects of the BRI
  • Chair > Dr. Ali CHESHMEZHANGI, University of Nottingham, Ningbo.
  • Presenter 28 (10 min) > Dr. Tomasz KAMINSKI, Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz. What are the factors behind the successful EU-China cooperation on sub-national level? A case study of Lodzkie region in Poland.
  • Presenter 29 (10 min) > Dr. Bartosz KOWALSKI, Department of East Asian Studies/Centre for Asian Affairs, University of Lodz. Chinese multilateralism in the developing world: a comparative analysis of “16+1” and FOCAC formats.
  • Presenter 30 (10 min) > Patrycja PENDRAKOWSKA, Poland Asia Research Centre / University of Warsaw. “Community of common destiny” in relation to BRI and 16+1
  • Presenter 31 (10 min) > Dr. Ivica BAKOTA, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China. SEE region in a new Chinese political geography
  • Presenter 32 (10 min) > Dr. Marcin GRABOWSKI, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Chinese Belt and Road Initiative from Central European Perspectives – Rhetoric versus Reality

Q&A (15 min)

18.00     Dinner

DAY II – WED, 25 April 2017

09.00     Wrap-up of Day I
  • Anastas VANGELI, Doctoral Researcher, Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences.
09.20     Session 5.1 – Climate change, sustainability and energy security of a ‘green’ BRI
  • Chair > Dr. MA Junchi, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Presenter 33 (10 min) > Dr. Ali CHESHMEHZANGI & XIE Linjun, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Pioneering a Green BRI Alignment between China and other members.
  • Presenter 34 (10 min) > Dr. Fang Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Greening the Belt and Road: Starting with the Energy Sector.
  • Presenter 35 (10 min) > Philipp Roland GERES, Independent Researcher. Can the “Belt and Road Initiative” lead to sustainable, climate-friendly development in Eurasia? An assessment of current trends, challenges and opportunities.

Q&A (15 min)

Session 5.2 – Meta-level analyses: Case studies on cooperation and competition in Central Asia
  • Chair > Dr. Marcin GRABOWSKI, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.
  • Presenter 36 (10 min) > Dr. Nikola ZIVLAK and Ms. Zarina MARENOVA, Donghua University. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and Belt and Road Initiative – Social Enterprise Corporation in Kazakhstan.
  • Presenter 37 (10 min) > Dr. Andrei RADULESCU, Banca Transilvania & Institute for World Economy at the Romanian Academy. Estimating the impact of BRI on the potential output in China and Silk Road Economic Belt.
  • Presenter 38 (10 min) > Justin TOMCZYK, Russian-Armenian Slavonic University / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Road Less-Traveled: the Role of Tran-Caspian Infrastructure in the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Presenter 39 (10 min) > Odilov PARVIZ, Yonsei University. Stability versus Flexibility: Reconciling international environmental laws and policies with international investment law towards sustainable development – The case of Tajikistan.

Q&A (15 min)

10.30    Coffee Break
10.45     Session 6.1 – Climate change, sustainability and energy security of a ‘green’ BRI
  • Chair > Prof. May TAN MULLINS, Nottingham Ningbo University.
  • Presenter 40 (10 min) > Dr. YIN Shuxi, Hefei University of Technology, China. China’s Belt & Road Initiative and Energy Geopolitics.
  • Presenter 41 (10 min) > Dr. YU Kaho, Harvard Kennedy School & Chinese University of Hong Kong. Energy security and sustainability in the Belt and Road Initiative: A case study on Chinese renewable energy investment in Central Asia.
  • Presenter 42 (10 min) > Evangjelia SALI, Fudan University. China’s energy security in the era of the BRI and the role of the NOCs.
  • Presenter 43 (10 min) > Oyuna BALDAKOVA, Freie University Berlin. Greening Belt and Road: Emerging Regulatory Framework for China’s Sustainable Overseas Investments.

Q&A (15 min)

Session 6.2 – Rules and regulation of innovation, technology and digitisation in the context of the BRI
  • Chair > Dr. Fang Meng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Presenter 44 (10 min) > Gabriela RADU, Oracle. Digital challenges in cross-border commerce for BRI.
  • Presenter 45 (10 min) > Dr. Giorgio CARIDI, LUMSA University. Innovation and digitization of communication: how to skyrocket the BRI in Europe.
  • Presenter 46 (10 min) > Una Aleksandra BERZINA-CERENKOVA, Riga Stradins University, Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Applied commercial digital connectivity along the Belt and Road.

Q&A (15 min)

12.30     Lunch
13.00     Wrap-up session

Chair: Dr. Frauke AUSTERMANN, Associate Researcher at the ESSCA EU-Asia Institute

  • Session 1: N.N. (5–7 min)
  • Session 2: N.N. (5–7 min)
  • Session 3: N.N. (5–7 min)
  • Session 4: N.N. (5–7 min)
  • Session 5: N.N. (5–7 min)
  • Session 6: N.N. (5–7 min)
15.00     Bus Transfer from Nazarbayev University to the centre of Astana > Visit of Astana
 18.00     Dinner

DAY III – THU, 26 April 2017

09.00     Venue

Hotel Marriott, 2 Dostyq Street, Astana 010016, Kazakhstan

 09.30     Registration
10.00     Opening of the Young Leaders Forum
          Welcoming remarks
  • H.E. Rolf MAFAEL, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Kazakhstan.*
  • N., Representative of Kazakhstan
  • Federico BIROCCHI, Head of Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan*
  • Maximilian Rech, UACES
10.20     Keynote
  • N. (Kazakhstan)
10.40     Presentation of the main results of the conference
  • Dr. Frauke AUSTERMANN, Associate Researcher at the ESSCA EU-Asia Institute
11.00     Panel discussion / Chair: Dr Peter Hefele, KAS RECAP
  • N. (politics)
  • Konstantin YELISEYEV, Partner, Eurasia Deals Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Advisory LLP*
  • Dr. Duncan FREEMAN, EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe.
  • Dr. Miguel OTERO-IGLESIAS, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid.
11.30     Open discussion
12.00     Networking lunch
14.00      End of conference – departure of participants

Venue: (in-town Astana)

Kind regards,

The UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relation