9th UACES Asia Workshop

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9th Workshop on EU-China Relations in Global Politics

‘EU-Asia Relations
Race for Global Resource Leadership’ 

Virtual Workshop 
Burwood Corporate Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Wed-Thu, 4-5 November 2020 *

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DAY 1 – Wed, 4 November 2020 – Virtual Workshop on Zoom

Introduction to Workshop & Method
17.00h AST / 15.00h CST / 08.00h CET               

  • Dr Christian HÜBNER, Head of the Regional Programme Energy Security & Climate Change Asia-Pacific
  • Maximilian RECH, Director of Studies & Assistant Professor for International Affairs, ESSCA School of Management, Shanghai.

Race No. 1: Energy resources
17.15h AST / 15.15h CST / 08.15h CET

In a world that consumes ever more energy, energy security and supply are as vital as ever. Global electricity production has risen from 11,692 TWh in 1990 to 26,599 TWh in 2019, according to the Global Energy Statistical Yearbook – an increase of almost 3% year on year. At the same time, energy markets have not yet been able to accommodate increasingly diversified energy resources, ranging from fossil fuels to various renewables including hydro, wind, solar and waste biomass. COVID-19 and the ensuing economic slump has led to volatility in global oil markets, making fossil fuels affordable and slowing the transition to renewable energies. At the same time, national relief bills are focusing on investment in renewable energy infrastructure and global political and economic debates seek to prioritise future technologies. In that sense, the COVID-19 pandemic may accelerate the disruptive innovation and favour innovative players in energy markets. The United Nations Environmental Programme’s global trends in renewable energy investment show that renewable energy capacity investment was geographically diversified across the globe and more cost-effective than ever, with investment totalling 282 bn USD in 2019. The apparent acceleration of investment in renewables combined with rapidly changing cost structures, driven both by state intervention and volatile energy markets, may have a disruptive impact not only in energy generation itself but across wide sectors including technology and resources.

Chair & moderator
Prof Dr Andreas GOLDTHAU, Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy of the Willy Brandt School at the University of Erfurt. Research Group Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).
Paper presentations (each 10 min)
Dr Ali CHESHMEHZANGI, Department of Architecture & Built Environment & Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. “Adaptive Thinking for Resilience Enhancement: The Multi-Scalar Analysis from Communities to Global Resource Management During the Outbreak Events.”

Dr Susan T. JACKSON, Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Economic History & International Relations of Stockholm University. “Sustaining Risk: Managing Security & ESG.”

Dr YU Kaho, Senior Asia Analyst of the Politics Team at Verisk Maplecroft. “Political Economy Risks in the Global Energy Supply Chain: From Oil Price War to COVID-19 Crisis.”
Moderated discussion with questions & answers

Coffee Break (15 min)

Race No. 2: Political economy, industrial policy & infrastructure
19.00h AST / 17.00h CST / 10.00h CET

The global political economy is ever more interdependent. The resilience of internationalised production processes and global supply chains present a challenge to companies. To give an example, more than 160 component suppliers from six countries contribute to making an iPhone. Hence, resources, such as energy, materials but also talent, knowledge and production processes, are dispersed around the globe. Meanwhile, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has exacerbated the dangers of health pandemics and their potential negative effect on the world economy. The global political economy has momentarily come to a standstill and the disruption of supply chains but also the limitations on international travel have caused production process to come to a standstill. Crisis response and a speedy economic recovery is key to kick-starting the global economy and closer economic cooperation between the United States or the European Union, China or Australia may help. Whilst interdependence remains a fact of life for all parties involved, each player seeks to identify the best strategies to facilitate the economic revival and secure access to resources as well as ownership of infrastructure and connectivity. At the same time, nations became painfully aware of the need to ensure technological sovereignty and strategic autonomy to guarantee supplies. Thus, the role of state intervention and industrial policy cannot be underestimated when it comes to questions such as trade, investment flows and technological development.

Chair & moderator
Dr Kerry BROWN, Director of the Lau China Institute & Professor of Chinese Studies at King’s College London.
Paper presentations (each 10 min)
Dr YE Bin, Associate Professor & the Director of the Department of EU Law at the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). “Incompatibility of the EU Regulation on Screening Foreign Direct Investment with the Principle of Free Movement of Capital.”

Prof Dr John Ryan, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics & Political Science & Network Research Fellow at Center for Economic Studies (CESifo), Munich. “The UK’s unclear road to trade deals with EU & China.”

Dr MA Junchi, Assistant Professor in the Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). “The Small Player in Big Game: Central & Eastern Europe in China-Europe Relations.”

Dr Anastas VANGELI, Research Fellow at the EU*Asia Institute of ESSCA School of Management. “The Free Market in Retreat? Cooperation & Competition as Pathways of Diffusion of State Capitalism.
Moderated discussion with questions & answers

DAY 2 – Thu, 5 November 2020 – Virtual Workshop on Zoom

Race No. 3: Circular economy & materials
17.00h AST / 15.00h CST / 08.00h CET

The global public has never been more concerned about global environmental degradation than today. The momentary economic slowdown during COVID-19 has reduced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but societal costs were paramount and China’s rapid recovery points to a return to the status quo. In the scramble to provide sustainable solutions, there are two main debates: firstly, what materials are we using for production and consumption, specifically in high-tech, and how sustainable are they? Think of lithium, titanium or rare earths: Who has access? How are they mined and processed? Secondly, how can a circular economy help save the environment, with its concept of ‘reduce-reuse-recycle’ and the ‘share-repair’ principles? The shift towards a circular economy requires innovation in terms of policy frameworks, business models, design and technology, and consumer culture. There are many business models on the market addressing this. A successful implementation, however, also requires knowledge and networking of what works and what doesn’t, not only on a B2B level but also involving state actors and NGOs. The EU, China and other actors such as New Zealand increasingly promote the concept of a circular economy through policy interventions that may have an international impact. The question is then how to streamline different initiatives and advance on circular economy solutions?

Chair & moderator
Prof Dr Miranda SCHREURS*, Professor for Environment & Climate Policy at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at Technische Universität München (TUM).
Paper presentations (each 10 min)
Shoaib KHAN, Graduate Student of International Environmental Law at the Indian Academy of International Law & Diplomacy & Research Assistant at the IGIB Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, India. “Exponential Technologies for Regenerative Capitalism.

Chloé DEMPSEY, Scholar at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, Beijing. “Cultivated Meat: Do Chinese Consumers Have an Appetite & What Does This Mean for the European Market?

Maximilian RECH, Director of Studies & Assistant Professor for International Affairs at ESSCA School of Management, Shanghai. “Coopetition in Geo-Economic-Policy – A Foreign Direct Investment Strategy for the Belt & Road Initiative through a Comparative Case Study Analysis.”
Moderated discussion with questions & answers

Coffee Break (15 min)

Race No. 4: Business models & management methods
18.45h AST / 16.45h CST / 09.45h CET

The global health pandemic has underlined the interdependence of the global economy. Competing strategies to emerge from the crisis focus on leveraging digitisation of business models and reassurance of consumers in times of changing consumption patterns. The so-called fourth industrial revolution, in which not only people but machines and ‘things’ are connected 24/7, combined with new technical possibilities such as robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, causes entire business models to disrupt from one day to another. This, in turn, may strengthen economies and thus states that successfully manage digital transformation. Such an environment makes sustainable, and most of all, flexible and agile business models and management methods ever more vital to surviving. Start-up businesses have shown established corporates all over the globe how to be prepared and how to be adaptable enough to compete in the ever-faster business world. Keywords are design thinking, agile management, new work models and big corporate intrapreneurship via incubators and accelerators. These methods and models have also gained a foothold in state administrations and may be of help to keep up in the race for global resource leadership.

Chair & moderator
Dr Bardo FRAUNHOLZ, Associate Professor & Director of Postgraduate Programs in the Department of Information Systems & Business Analytics in Deakin Business School at Deakin University.
Paper presentations (each 10 min)
Dr Tobias BURGERS, Assistant Professor at the Cyber Civilization Research Center (CCRC) & Prof Dr David J. Farber, Co-Director of the CCRC at Keio University, Tokyo. “Digital competition creating political havoc. Competing visions of tech governance in East-Asia & its political implications.”

Gabriela RADU, Independent Researcher. “The Subscription Economy.

Dr XU Yang, Associate Professor at Peking University. “Data Supply Chain Management for Data Governance & Operation.”

Dr Giorgio CARIDI, Professor at LUMSA & E-Campus University. “New Management Methods & Business Models: Business Networks & Hybridized Cultural Resources.

Astrid Pepermans, PhD Candidate at Free University of Brussels. “The Virtual Mating Dance Between Business & Politics: What Chinese Internet Companies Mean for European Democracies.”
Moderated discussion with questions & answers


UACES Best Paper Award & Concluding Remarks
20.30h AST / 18.30h CST / 11.30 h CET

  • Prof Dr MEN Jing*, InBev-Baillet-Latour Chair of EU-China Relations at College of Europe
  • Dr Frauke AUSTERMANN, Associate Researcher at the ESSCA EU-Asia Institute
  • Prof Dr SHEN Wei*, Associate Dean for International Relations at Deakin University & Jean Monnet Chair in EU-China Relations at ESSCA School of Management

End of Virtual Workshop
21.00h AST / 19.00h CST / 12.00h CET

* to be confirmed

Scientific Committee

The event takes place in the framework of the UACES Collaborative Research Network on EU-China Relations organised by ESSCA School of Management & College of Europe. The event is generously supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Regional Project Energy Security & Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP), based in Hong Kong SAR China.

  • Prof Dr MEN Jing, InBev-Baillet-Latour Chair of EU-China Relations at College of Europe
  • Prof Dr SHEN Wei, Associate Dean for International Relations at Deakin University & Jean Monnet Chair in EU-China Relations at ESSCA School of Management
  • Dr Frauke AUSTERMANN, Affiliate Researcher of the ESSCA EU*Asia Institute
  • Dr Christian HÜBNER, Director of the Regional Programme Energy Security & Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP) at Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation

* In light of the ongoing developments with regards to the Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and with the safety, health, and wellbeing of all participants in mind, the organisers reserve the right to evaluate the situation regularly. For the time being, the Conference is foreseen to be organised as a Virtual Workshop.