YCW Brussels: China-Russia alignment: All you need to know – EU edition
With Helena Legarda (Lead Analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin), and Michał Bogusz (Research Fellow of the China Research Program at the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw)
Date: Tuesday 29 March 2022
• 6:00-7:15 pm (Brussels & Berlin)
• 5:00-6:15 pm (London)
The Sino-Russian partnership has been expanding and growing in complexity over the last two decades. The recent signing of a joint statement on the International Relations Entering a New Era and China’s somewhat ambiguous reaction to Russian invasion of Ukraine highlight how vital it is for the European stakeholders to accurately understand the depth and level of resilience of links connecting Beijing and Moscow. Many voices in Europe call for China to take up a mediating role in the conflict while others highlight Beijing’s continued political support for Moscow and their shared ambition to adjust the international order.
This is why in this event we will ask:
• How should the EU understand the ties between Beijing and Moscow?
• How is China likely going to act amid the ongoing Russian invasion?
• What does the Sino-Russian strategic coordination mean for Brussels long-term?
We will tackle these questions with two experts:
• Helena Legarda, Lead Analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, and
• Michał Bogusz, Research Fellow of the China Research Program at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw
Access via a virtual conference platform – details in an Eventbrite email shortly before the event
Helena Legarda’s research focuses on China’s defense and foreign policies, including their domestic sources and drivers, and their geopolitical impact. She leads work on MERICS China Security and Risk Tracker. Prior to joining MERICS she gained professional experience at the Delegation of the European Union to China and at research and advisory firm China Policy in Beijing. Helena holds a Master in Public Policy degree with a focus on International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. She also studied Chinese language at Peking University.
His research focuses on the foreign policy of the PRC and the internal policies of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He recently co-published a report “The Beijing-Moscow axis The foundations of an asymmetric alliance.” He holds degrees from political science program at University of Gdańsk and international relations program at Renmin University of China in Beijing. In 2008 he defended a Ph.D. thesis in the area of political science. He has spent nearly nine years studying and working in China.