International Authors’ Workshop

China-US-EUrope: Global Power Triangles and the Remaking of the International Order

Hosted by Prof. Dr. Dr. Nele Noesselt, Universität Duisburg-Essen, and Dr. Katja Levy, University of Manchester

Organized by Universität Duisburg-Essen and Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin

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, and 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 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?

The Online Workshop will take place from Thursday to Sunday, 22-25 October 2020, 14-17 h and will be virtually hosted via Zoom phone and video conference by the University of Duisburg-Essen. Registration for the workshop is required. For registration, please send an e-mail with your name and institution/organization to Mr. Harald Krähe, Institute of East Asian Studies, at:

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Thursday, 22.10.2020, 14-17 h


Introductory remarks
Prof. Dr. Dr. Nele Noesselt (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Dr. Katja Levy (University of Manchester)

Keynote: Prof. Jia Qingguo (Peking University)
Principled Pragmatism: A Role Europe Can Play to Cope with China-US Rivalry

PANEL 1: US Internal institutions (and Decoupling)

Prof. Niu Dayong (Peking University)
The American Government’s Response to the Sino-Soviet Rift in the Early 1960s

Prof. Dr. Yuan Li (Shandong University and Universität Duisburg-Essen)
The Remaking of China-EUrope Relations in the New Era of US-China Antagonism and Global Pandemic


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Friday, 23.10.2020, 14-17 h

PANEL 2: Strategic Triangle

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Michael Staack (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg)
In the Fireline 2020. Germany´s Approach to China and the Triangle China-EU-USA

Prof. Han Zhaoying (Nankai University), Maximilian Ohle (Universität Tübingen) and Richard J. Cook (Nankai University)
The Illusion of the China-US-Europe Strategic Triangle: Reactions from the UK and Germany

Prof. Dr. Zhao Quansheng (American University)
Factors for Change: The China-U.S.-Europe Triangle

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Saturday, 24.10.2020, 14-17 h

PANEL 3: Contemporary Challenges

Keynote: Prof. Yun-Han Chu (National Taiwan University)
It’s Time to See China for the Emerging Reformist Power It Is

Prof. Dr. Baogang Guo (Dalton State College)
Dance with the Trump Administration: The Role of U.S. Congress in the Sino-US Decoupling

Prof. Dr. Markus Taube (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Forging an economic governance regime along the New Silkroad – Key Features of a three-power-struggle for institutional supremacy

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Sunday, 25.10.2020, 14-17 h

PANEL 4: Geopolitics & World Order Dimensions

Dr. Katja Levy (University of Manchester) & Dr. Ágota Révész (Technische Universität Berlin)
No Common Ground: A Geopolitical Analysis of EU-China Relations

Dr. Saskia Hieber (Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing)
Sunny Side Down on the Silk Road: Europe and the Challenges in Xi Jinping’s Foreign and Infrastructure Politics

Prof. Dr. Dr. Nele Noesselt (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Symbolic Proxy Battlefields of US-China Relations and Implications for Europe

Wrap up, concluding remarks
Prof. Dr. Dr. Nele Noesselt & Dr. Katja Levy

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Prof. Dr. Bettina Gransow (Freie Universität Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Prof. Dr. Michael Staack (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg)

22 October - 25 October 2020, 14:00 -17:00 h