Tuesday, 4th February 2020, Brussels, Belgium
Free Attendance (by invitation from European Chamber, CEPS and EUCBA)

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been described as everything from the Chinese Marshall Plan to a tool for debt-trap diplomacy. Extensive reporting on the BRI has been done from political, economic, and strategic perspectives, but much less has been written from the business perspective. The European Chamber is publishing a report to fill this critical gap in the discussion and better represent what the BRI means for companies. The report finds that only a small portion of European companies have been able to participate in BRI-related projects, while a slightly broader number have enjoyed positive effects as a result of the BRI such as access to new logistics options and increasing trade flows with recipient countries.

However, the BRI has failed to become the open, transparent and international initiative that it often claims to be as bidding processes are opaque and China’s SOEs take the lead, and the bulk of the value, from BRI-related projects. The report also covers concerns about the BRI as China’s national champions use it as a platform to push China’s standards in critical areas while they also take advantage of state support as they scale-up. This drives the need for alternatives to the BRI to emerge, such as the EU Connectivity Plan, which was announced in September 2018. The BRI needs competition that drives recipient countries to demand better practices from it, and the European Chamber is eager to see Europe step up and provide it.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China in partnership with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the EU-China Business Association (EUCBA) are delighted to invite you to the 2nd EU-China Forum, which will encompass a presentation of the findings of the Chamber’s newly published report “The Road Less Travelled: European Involvement in China's Belt and Road Initiative” and two panel discussions that will cover the topics of Connectivity and Cooperation and Sustainability. This forum will take place on Tuesday 4th February 2020 at CEPS Office at Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels.

More information and agenda as PDF ...

To register please contact Ms Laura Alvarez Mendivil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. latest by 28th January. Before registering please read carefully the Terms and Conditions in the above linked PDF.

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