The 9th Europe Forum 2023 • Brussels

Dear NCBC member,

The China Europe International Business School, the EU-China Business Association and the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU have the pleasure to invite you to join us on November 14, 2023, in Brussels for the CEIBS Insights 9th Europe Forum on the theme of Mutual Trust and Win-Win: Towards Another 20 years of EU-China Economic Cooperation.

The comprehensive strategic partnership between the European Union (EU) and China turns 20 this year. Over the past two decades the EU and China, two of the world’s leading economies, have engaged in mutually beneficial cooperation in a win-win manner and achieved significant success in fields such as politics, the economy, culture, and science. As of the end of 2022, EU-China bilateral trade volume reached US$847.3 billion, with each side the second-largest trading partner of the other. The stock of two-way investment between China and the EU has exceeded US$230 billion, benefiting people on both sides and contributing greatly to world peace and economic prosperity.

Looking ahead, the two sides hold great potential for cooperation and share common interests in promoting economic growth and financial stability, coping with the energy crisis, curbing inflation, and pursuing green and digital transitions. To this end, they have decided to set up a financial working group under the China-EU High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED) to strengthen cooperation in financial areas such as financial liberalisation, infrastructure and regulation, as well as sustainable finance and fintech. The HED will also address some tensions that currently exist, for example Chinese electric car imports, into which EU authorities have recently opened an anti-subsidy investigation.

The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) is a global business school jointly founded by the Chinese government and the EU in 1994. It represents a major success in China’s opening up and cooperation with the EU in the education field. With their 30th anniversary around the corner, CEIBS has decided to return to Brussels to hold its 9th Europe Forum and invite guests from the EU and China’s political, business, and academic sectors. The purpose will be to analyse the journey of the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership over the past 20 years, envision the prospects for extensive cooperation between the two sides over the coming 20 years, and explore a path towards a stable and far-reaching China-EU relationship amid changing times. 

Practical information:

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Time: 09:00-12:10 (Brussels time); 16:00-19:10 (Beijing time)
Location: Brussels & Shanghai (details to be provided upon registration)
Language: English and Chinese (with simultaneous translation)
Contact: For more information, please contact Vittoria HUANG at

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Best regards,

Gwenn Sonck
Executive Director

Jochum S. Haakma

Rond Point Schuman/Schumanplein 11, 1040 Brussels – –