China’s growing economic power and central role in global supply chains creates significant opportunities for engagement as well as potential risks for countries all around the world. Europe is currently devising measures to ensure that trade and investment benefit both sides and that European firms compete on fair terms with their Chinese counterparts. Countries in East Asia have long been aware of the delicate balance between mutually beneficial cooperation and excessive reliance on China. They have already been recalibrating economic relations with their neighbor for several years.
MERICS intends to explore the approaches of these countries and deduce which strategies are applicable to European governments and businesses. Under the theme “Lessons from East Asia,” the MERICS team will examine different aspects such as managing economic exposure and R&D cooperation. In this kick-off event, we will hear from leading researchers from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan on the complexities of managing economic security and dependencies vis-à-vis China.
• Kuan-Ting Chen – CEO, Taiwan NextGen Foundation
• Myong-Hyun Go – Senior Fellow, The ASAN Institute for Policy Studies
• Kiyoyuki Seguchi – Research Director, The Canon Institute for Global Studies
• Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Professor, Department of Economic History, Lund University
• Max J. Zenglein – Chief Economist, MERICS
• Aya Adachi – Fellow, MERICS
• 9:00 - 9:45: Opening remarks from speakers
• 9:45 - 10:30: Open discussion including comments and questions from the audience