China’s Future and “Belt and Road ”Initiative

Date(s) - 15/11/2016
17:00 - 19:00

Press Club Brussels Europe


China’s Future and “Belt and RoadInitiative

These are some of the issues on the agenda of two panel discussions organised by EU Reporter,

the People’s Daily and the EU-Asia Centre

from 1700-1900 on 15 November 2016

at the Press Club Brussels Europe, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels


1645 registration

1700 Panel One: China’s Future


The future of China is one of the biggest questions for the entire world. After two decades of spectacular growth the economy is now slowing down. But is it facing a hard or soft landing and what will the implications be for China and the EU? Politically President Xi has achieved more power and influence than his predecessors.  What are his plans for China? What is the basis for the China Dream? How is the ruling communist party (CCP) coping with the huge social changes in China?


  • Moderator Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre
  • Professor Kerry Brown, Lau Institute, London (author of ‘President Xi’)
  • Professor Frank Pieke, Leiden University (author of China in the 21st century’)
  • Professor  Men Jing – expert EU/China
  • Professer Xinning Song , China Director, VUB Confucius Institute/Brussels Academy for China and European Studies


1800 Panel Two: Reporting EU-China


The media have a major task in reporting developments in each other’s societies. But what are the respective challenges facing the Brussels Press Corps (Europeans and Chinese) in reporting on EU-China relations? What are the challenges for the media covering major issues such, the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative?


  • Moderator Jim Gibbons (former EuroParlTV, Deutsche Welle, CNN)
  • Colin Stevens, Publisher, EU Reporter
  • Eric Maurice, Editor EU Observer
  • Xu liqun-Chief correspondent – People’s  Daily European Center
  • Ren Yan – Senior journalist –  People’s Daily European Center
  • Nikolay Barekov MEP (Former journalist)
  • Dr Ying Zhang- Erasmus University Rotterdam

1900 – 2100 Networking Reception