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.