Relations between the EU and China have expanded and deepened amidst important changes in the EU and in China. Today, building on a broad-based framework of bilateral relations, engagements run through over sixty substantive and sectoral dialogues. The EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation sets out a broad mandate for cooperation in the areas of peace, prosperity, sustainable development and people-to-people exchanges. Beyond the turning point in international politics of 2016, this talk explores one of the most important international relationships. Join us for a discussion with Ellis Mathews across a range of topics from foreign policy to development, cyber security to climate change, innovation to economic dialogues. With new dynamics in the EU, Trump re-aligning US foreign relations, and Xi’s China Dream combining prosperity and power, what are the new opportunities and challenges for cooperation and what is the impact of OBOR and the 16+1 configuration?
We invite Ellis Mathews, Head of Division for China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia at EEAS to discuss.
Ellis Mathews is Head of Division for China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia in the European External Action Service (EEAS). He started his career at the UK Department of Trade and Industry in London before joining the European Commission. He subsequently held posts at the Euratom Supply Agency and as Head of the Trade and Commerce Section at the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan. On his return to Brussels, he started working on EU-Canada relations before becoming Deputy Head of Unit and Head of Unit ad interim for Relations with the United States and Canada in DG External Relations and later the EEAS. He has also served as Deputy Head of Division in the Human Resources Directorate of the EEAS. He was educated at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, where he took a BA in Modern Languages (French and German), and as a postgraduate at St. Catherine’s College (University of Oxford) Kobe Institute where he read Japanese Studies.