The Yellow Peril, the Panda-Hugger, and the Strategist: Debating China’s Place in the World

Date: from Tuesday 26 November 2019 to Tuesday 26 November 2019


Academieraadzaal, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent


European leaders have woken up to the challenge of China. The European Union has adopted an investment screening mechanism to limit undue influence in critical sectors of the economy. It has also warned Beijing that if it does not follow up its rhetoric on more market access for Europe in China with action, Brussels will increase its countermeasures. At the same time, most Europeans are reluctant to subscribe to the US strategy on China, which is far more confrontational. While the US sees China as a systemic rival, and has put China on the agenda of NATO, the EU for now still sees China as both a rival and a strategic partner, depending on the issue. What is China’s place in the world and which strategy to adopt towards it? Must one either decry the “yellow peril” or be classified as a “panda-hugger”, or is a middle road to the Middle Kingdom possible?





Jan Havranek (NATO)

Asad Beg (EEAS)

Dr. Eva Gross (EEAS)

Prof. Dr. Bart Dessein (Ghent University)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, (Ghent University & Egmont Institute)


Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 19h – 20h30

Venue: Academieraadzaal, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent