|Tearing Down the Great Wall of Ignorance between China and the EU|
19 November 2010, Brussels
In a globalised world good cooperation among main global players is vital in coping with today's challenges: the financial crisis and its economic, social and political consequences, climate change, competition over energy and natural resources, nuclear proliferation, the development stalemate, and the challenges of governance. China is indispensible to global stability and sustainability. But China is in several respects different from the powers that had so far dominated the world economy and the international system, and its very efficient development strategy is at odds with the 'market democracy' model which prevails in OECD countries. The knowledge of China in Europe remains very shallow and mannered with misperceptions. Ignorance and prejudices, however, mingle out in Europe with a genuine interest for China's ancient culture and impressive landscapes.
The conference was held on Friday 19 November 2010 from 9.00 to 16.00 at the European Economic and Social Committee (Rue Van Maerlant 2, Brussels). It was organised by the Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, the Confucius Institute at the University of Liège and the InBev Baillet Latour Chair at the College of Europe, in cooperation with the Mission of the People's Republic of China in Brussels and with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Belgian Presidency of the EU.