The Institute is a member of the European Think Tanks Network on China (ETNC), a gathering of China experts from a selection of European think tanks and research institutes devoted to the study of Chinese foreign policy and EU-China relations. The network serves to facilitate regular exchanges among participating researchers for the purpose of deepening the understanding of how Europe, as a complex set of actors, relates with China and how developments in China will impact the future of Europe. When examining Sino-European relations, the network’s discussions, analyses and recommendations focus on the bilateral relationships between individual European states and China in order to generate a more nuanced perspective on the broader EU-China relationship.
The goals of the ETNC are:
- To facilitate regular exchanges among European researchers on key issues related to Chinese foreign policy, in particular on how they relate to the EU and its member states.
- To generate discussions among European policy experts on bilateral relationships between European states and China, and subsequently on the EU-China relationship more broadly.
- To provide recommendations for the conduct of Europe-China relations based on in-depth discussions and research conducted by experts within the network.
- To create a European pool of expertise and contact networks in and on China that can be activated and utilized whenever one of the participating members requires it.
Since its inaugural meeting in November 2014, the network members meet in a different capital every six months. The last meeting took place in Prague in October 2016.