The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in collaboration with the Tsinghua University of Beijing organize the two-days Seminar “China, Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean”

The Seminar, which will have a Conference form, will be held at the Historical Library of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, at Piraeus (2nd Merarchias & Aktis Moutsopoulou).

The strategic significance of the Eastern Mediterranean region in recent times has been under-estimated. Building on  the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation – Tsinghua University Initiative for Civilization Dialogue and the Marilena Laskaridis Visiting Chair for Hellenic and European Studies at Tsinghua University, the Foundation brings together renowned experts from Greece and China for a symposium on the Mediterranean and European dimension of the New Silk Road sounding ways for Greece and China to promote a comprehensive strategic partnership in this region in a period of geopolitical change, technological disruption and global uncertainty.ent and discuss various aspects of China-Greece relations with special focus on the Eastern Mediterranean.

The seminar will be conducted in English, without translation.

Electronic registration required at https://forms.gle/anHEHsFtMpWw2uQ16

Registrations deadline: Wednesday 8 May 2019

Certificates of attendance will be provided.

 

PROGRAMME

Friday 10 May 2019

16:00 – 16:45 Registration

17:00 – 17:10 Welcome speech-opening remarks

Konstantinos Mazarakis, General Director of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation

17:10 – 17:20 Greetings by Honored Guests17:20 – 18:40 1st Session: The Tsinghua–IAL Partnership and the State of Bilateral Relations

17:20 – 17:40 Keynote Speech: China and Greece: Maritime Superpowers

Panos Laskaridis, President of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, President European Community Shipowners’ Associations

17:40 – 18:00 China, Greece, past, present and future

Wendi Chen, Chief of Political and Media Affairs Section, Chinese Embassy in Greece, Athens

18:00 – 18:20 Chinese diplomacy for the new era and its core values

Zhang Lihua, Professor, Director of Research Center for China-EU Relations, Tsinghua University

18:20 – 18:40 Discussion. Moderator: Konstantinos Mazarakis

18:40 – 20:00 Informal garden reception

 

Saturday 11 May 2019

09:00 – 10:30 2nd Session: The Belt and Road Initiative: A Global and Regional Perspective

Chair: Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

09:10 – 09:30 Sino-Greece Cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative

Zhao Kejin, Professor, vice dean of the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

 

09:30 – 09:50 Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical and Geoeconomic considerations

Athanasios Platias, Professor of Strategy, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus

09:50 – 10:10 China-Europe cooperation under the “Belt and Road Initiative”: Perception, Challenges and Prospects

Dr. You Nan, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University

10:10 – 10:30 Discussion

10:40 – 12:30 3d Session: Focusing on Eastern Mediterranean: Greece as a Strategic Interpreter between China and Europe?

Chair: Athanasios Platias, Professor of Strategy, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus

10:50 – 11:10 TBA

Charalambos Papasotiriou, Professor of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens

11:10 – 11:30 One Belt and One Road. Initiative and Cooperation between China and Greece: Impetus, Areas and Prospect.

Song Xiaomin, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

11:30 – 11:50  Piraeus Port:  Important Project of China – Greece Cooperation.

Mr. Demenopoulos Nektarios, Piraeus Port Authority Deputy Manager PR, IR & Company Announcements Dpt.

11:50 – 12:10 TBA

Angelos Syrigos, Associate Professor of International Law and Foreign Policy, Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens

12:10 – 12:30 Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Light lunch

13:30 – 15:00 4th Session: The Political Economy of the BRI and the Future of the European Project: A Normative & Developmental Dimension

Chair:  Liu Zuokui, Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, Institute of European Studies, CASS; Director of the Secretariat Office of the “16+1 Think Tanks Network”, CASS

13:40 – 14:00 Greece and China: Economic cooperation and the BRI

Wendi Chen, Chief of Political and Media Affairs Section, Chinese Embassy in Greece, Athens

14:00 – 14:20 European Union and China: Economic cooperation and the BRI Plutarchos Sakellaris, Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business, Hon. Vice President of the European Investment Bank

14:20 – 14:40 Fostering Sustainability. Growth and Good Governance: Europe’s Funding GAP and PRC’s BRI

Emilios Avgouleas, Chair Professor of Banking Law and Finance, University of Edinburg, Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Hong Kong

14:40 – 15:00 Discussion

15:10 – 17:00 5th Session: China & Greece: Promoting Regional Partnerships in the Balkans and East Med

Chair: Emilios Avgouleas, Chair Professor of Banking Law and Finance, University of Edinburg, Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Hong Kong & Zhang Lihua, Professor, Director of Research Center for China-EU Relations, Tsinghua University

15:20 – 15:40 The Cooperation of 16+1

Dr. Liu Zuokui, Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, Institute of European Studies, CASS; Director of the Secretariat Office of the “16+1 Think Tanks Network”, CASS

15:40 – 16:00 Greece and China as security and prosperity providers in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean

Dr. Thanos Dokos, General Director, ELIAMEP

16:00 – 16:20 Greece & China: Α Non-Hegemonic Superstructure of Regional Infrastructure

Vasilis Trigkas, Onassis Scholar & Research Fellow, Belt & Road Strategy Center, Tsinghua University

16:20 – 17:00 Final comments

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