Trends and implications of China’s deepening engagement with the wider Mediterranean region

16 May 2022 15.00 - 19.30

16.05.2022 | 3.00pm – 7:30pm CET

An EURICS online workshop, held in collaboration with T.wai, HKBU, and the BRImpact research group (IFRAE/D2IA/CeRMI). Please register here to join.


  • 3.00-3.10: Welcoming words by Sébastien Colin (EURICS/Inalco)

Part I
Chair : Rémi Castets (D2IA/Bordeaux Montaigne University)

  • 3.10-3.25: Emilie Tran (Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University) & Yahia Zoubir (KEDGE Business School – Marseille Campus) – presentation of the Special Issue: China in the Mediterranean: An Arena of Strategic Competition?
  • 3.25-3.40: Zhang Chuchu (School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University) – China’s infrastructure diplomacy in the Mediterranean region under the Belt and Road Initiative: Challenges ahead?
  • 3.40-3.55: Yahia Zoubir (KEDGE Business School – Marseille Campus) – China in the Southern Mediterranean: Integrating the Greater Maghreb in the new Silk Road
  • 3.55-4.10 Sun Degang (Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Institute of International Studies, Fudan University) and Xu Ruike (School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University) – China-Egypt Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: A Role Theory Perspective
  • 4.10-4.25 Emilie Tran (Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University) – Role dynamics and trust in France-China coopetition
  • 4.25-4.40 Mario Esteban (Elcano Royal Institute/Centre for East Asian Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid) & Ugo Armanini (Elcano Royal Institute) – (Mis)trust in Spain-China relations
  • 4.40-5.10 Q&A with the audience

Part II
Chair: Enrico Fardella (Peking University)

  • 5.30-5.50: Anna Caffarena and Giovanni Andornino (University of Turin) – Followership in a Post-Unipolar World: the case of Italy-China relations 2013-2022
  • 5.50-6.10: Andrea Ghiselli (Fudan University) – Exploiting China’s Rise: Syria’s Strategic Narrative and China’s Participation in Middle Eastern Politics
  • 6.10-6.30: Anastas Vangeli (University of Ljubljiana) – Global China, Geoeconomic Imagination and Developmental Peace in the Wider Med: A Conceptual Framework
  • 6.30-7.30: Comments by Philippe Le Corre (Harvard Kennedy School/IFRAE-Inalco) and Q&A with the audience


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