China has undergone a high-speed economic transformation and modernization process. It is now ranked as the second largest world economy, with the potential to reach power parity with the US. China’s economic rise has also triggered a reconfiguration of the country’s global strategy: Beijing has started to formulate its own visions of world order and global governance solutions. China’s active positioning as a global power has fueled old and new threat scenarios, is widely perceived as a challenge to the “liberal” world order and an attempt to replace the US as the center of world economics and politics.
The two-day international workshop will assess the changing global roles and positions of China and the US and its (potential) implications for EUrope focusing on select policy fields (global climate change, international security, global trade and finance). Global challenges will require joint answers and transregional cooperation – do triangular interactions between China, the US, and EUrope lead to the formulation of new global governance solutions? Or will the future be overshadowed by an overt struggle for hegemony and competing leadership claims?