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The European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) is a gathering of China experts from a selection of European think tanks and research institutes that is devoted to the study of Chinese foreign policy and EU-China relations. The network serves to facilitate regular exchanges among participating researchers for the purpose of deepening the understanding of how Europe, as a complex set of actors, relates with China and how developments in China will impact the future of Europe. In particular, when examining the EU-China relationship, the network’s discussions, analyses and recommendations take a decidedly “bottom-up” approach, examining the bilateral relationships between EU member states and China in order to generate a more complex perspective on the broader EU-China relationship.

The network is coordinated by representatives of the Elcano Royal Institute, the French Institute of International Relations and MERICS. Since its inaugural meeting in November 2014, the network members meet in a different capital every six months. 

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The goals of the ETNC are:

  • To facilitate regular exchanges among European researchers on key issues related to China and Chinese foreign policy, and in particular on how they relate to the EU and individual EU member states.
  • To generate discussions among European policy experts on bilateral relationships between EU member states and China, and subsequently on the EU-China relationship more broadly.
  • To provide recommendations for the conduct of Europe-China relations based on in-depth discussions and research conducted by experts within the network.
  • To create a European pool of expertise and contact networks in and on China that can be activated and utilized whenever one of the participating members requires it.

Participating Institutions

  • Elcano Royal Institute, Spain
  • French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), France
  • Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Germany
  • Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic
  • Finnish Institute for International Affairs, Finland
  • Institute of International Economic Relations, Greece
  • EU-Asia Institute, ESSCA, Hungary
  • Institute of International and European Affairs, Ireland
  • Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Italy
  • The Netherlands Institute of International Relations, ‘Clingendael’, The Netherlands
  • Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Poland
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • National University of Political and Administrative Studies (NUPAS), Romania
  • Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden
  • Chatham House, United Kingdom
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