2024 will be a decisive year for China and its relationship with the rest of the world, in particular the US and Europe.
To anticipate what the coming year might have in store for us, we will host our 5th MERICS China Forecast conference on Wednesday, January 17 in collaboration with our media partner Handelsblatt.
MERICS will present findings from our annual survey among leading European experts and professionals on key developments in Europe-China relations. A prominent line-up of high-level speakers will share their expectations for the turbulent months ahead, including China’s political and economic trajectory and challenges for European governments and companies.
EU-China relations were subject to significant developments in 2023, including a new de-risking approach, Germany’s adoption of its first national strategy on China, and a reopening of high-profile communication channels between the EU and China after the pandemic. As we move into 2024, a year marked by elections in the US, the EU, and Taiwan, geopolitical challenges and tensions are expected to continue to shape international relations.
The keynote will be held by Jorge Toledo, EU Ambassador to China, followed by two panels discussing China’s internal and external trajectories. Speakers include Jorge Toledo, EU Ambassador to China, Eva Valle Lagares (DG Trade), China and Asia experts John Garnaut (JG Global), Richard McGregor (Lowy Institute), Tara Varma (Brookings), and Wei Lingling (Wall Street Journal), as well as MERICS analysts Mikko Huotari, Katja Drinhausen, Claus Soong and Abigael Vasselier. The discussions will be moderated by Bernhard Bartsch (MERICS) and Nicole Bastian (Handelsblatt).