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The Third International Conference Commemorating Bronisław Geremek "China-Europe: New Quality of Relationships".

20-21st September 2012, Bronisław Geremek Centre organizes the Third Memorial Bronisław Geremek Conference at Łazienki Royal Museum in Warsaw.

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Participation in the conference is by invitation only. If you wish to attend please contact the organizares at: fundacja@geremek.pl 




The annual Memorial Foreign Policy Bronisław Geremek Conferences are designed to preserve intellectual heritage of the late prof. Bronisław Geremek as a politician particularly active in the foreign affairs area. Between 1997 and 2000 Bronisław Geremek was Polish Foreign Minister. Under his ministership Poland joined NATO (1999) and made historic steps towards the integration with the EU.

Previous conferences were dedicated to Europe's relations with United States (click here for video recording) and Russia (click here for video recording). We were honoured to host world class experts, intellectuals and politicians.

This year we wish to devote the conference to the aspects of mutual relations between European Union and China. In our view, in the contemporary world, for numerous reasons, there is a need to re-think the perception of China. In some areas Europe is divided: there is much controversy about the attitude towards China in today’s globalized world.

The conference held right before stepping down of the current Chinese leaders and autumn election within the ruling party will be an appropriate moment to address issues of global political relationships, mutual economic dependence, Chinese model of governance and security strategies in the region.

Conference's Programme


Warsaw, 20-21 September 2012. Venue: Palace on the Isle, Łazienki Royal Museum.

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Thursday, 20 Sept. 2012

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Key-note speech: Aleksander Kwaśniewski

14.30 – 16.15 - Session I: China-Europe: Mutual perception of power, interests and values

Chair: Dariusz Rosati

Panel: Bernt BergerRobert LegvoldLi QiangXu Wenyu 

Commentator: Krzysztof Gawlikowski

China’s and Europe’s positions in the international setting have changed considerably since the beginning of XXIst century. China’s rapid economic expansion, assertive policies and its ambitions to assume a global role contrast sharply with Europe’s more subdued and more inward-oriented policies. The panel should look into the impact of these trends on China’s and Europe’s international positions and their mutual relations. Do China and Europe see each other as rivals, strategic partners or potential allies? How sharp political differences between China and Europe could be reconciled to not impede building a strategic partnership? Should economic interests dominate in mutual relations, with political controversies being contained or frozen? Can China and Europe perceive each other as partners in dealing with important challenges, such as international terrorism, climate change, global economic imbalances or security threats?


Friday, 21 Sept. 2012

10.00 – 10.15 – Key-note speech: Beata Stelmach

10.15 – 12.00 - Session II: Chinese experience: political and economic model

Chair: Paweł Świeboda

Panel: Jasper BeckerJean-Philippe BéjaCui Hongjian, Aleksandr Dynkin 

Commentator: Bogdan Góralczyk 

The panel will examine the driving forces behind China’s political and economic transformation in the last two decades. It will make an assessment of the socio-economic model which is behind China’s impressive growth record. It will also analyse individual self-attainment in China and the relationship between the ruling party and the citizenry. The panel will look into the future and explore the progress of economic remodelling in China in the context of the changing power balance in the world. The panelists will be asked to examine the forthcoming political transition and point to the elements of both consistency and change. They will explore the implications of the political transition for Europe and EU-China relations.  

12.00 – 13.30 - Lunch

13.30 – 15.15 - Session III: EU-China relationships: adversaries and rivals vs competitors and partners?

Chair: Adam Daniel Rotfeld

Panel: Jonathan HolslagVincent Weifeng NiJacek Saryusz-WolskiRodric Wye 

Does China shake the world? EU-China: what unites us – what divides us? Universalism and inclusiveness vs regionalism and exceptionalism.

Common and divergent interests. What kind of differences have an essential and substantial nature: political and military or economic development; human and social dimension or regional security issues? How to manage EU-China relations in a cooperative way?

The mutual weaknesses and strengths in the period of the global crisis. To what extent cooperation on science and technology, innovation, education, social management is essential and decisive in the process of shaping strategic partnership? The role of security and foreign policy dimension in EU-China relationship.How to identify and define present and future objectives and priorities?



Speakers bios

Jasper Becker

Jasper Becker is a frequent speaker on Chinese affairs and runs the Legend Strategic Consultancy Ltd. He has been writing on Asia for 25 years and is the author of seven books. Jasper Becker spent 18 years reporting from Beijing and worked as a correspondent in Brussels, Geneva and Frankfurt. He is currently researching a book on China’s richest families.  

Bernt Berger

Bernt Berger is a Senior Researcher at SIPRI’s China and Global Security Programme based in Stockholm. He is general research focus is on Chinese foreign and security policy including its neighbourhood relations in South, East and Central Asia, EU-China relations, China’s role in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Burma, Trade and investment relations as well as internal developments. Previous positions involve the German Institute for International Studies and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin, the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg. Bernt Berger has spent several years in China as a Research Fellow at Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), visiting lecturer at the East China Normal University’s School of Advanced International and Area Studies (ECNU/SAIAS) and as long-term expert for security affairs at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Shanghai Office. Bernt Berger has commented on a wide range of issues in research papers and the media and has been an adviser to governments and ministries on Chinese and Asian affairs.

Jean-Philippe Béja

Jean Philippe Béja holds degrees from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), the University of Paris VII (Chinese), the Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ), the University of Liaonning (Chinese Literature) and a PhD in Asian Studies from University Paris VII. He was Scientific Director of the Centre d'Etudes Français sur la Chine Contemporaine (in Hong Kong) from 1993 to 1997 and Chief Editor of China Perspectives and Perspectives chinoises.

After years at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationals, Sciences-Po-Paris, he is currently a senior researcher at CNRS’s French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of social sciences, Beijing.

Trained as a sinologist and a political scientist, he works on the relation between the citizen and the State in the People’ Republic of China. He has also written extensively on the democratization of Hong Kong. Member of the editorial board of China Perspectives, which he co-founded, he is also a member of the editorial boards of Chinese Cross-Currents (Macau), and of East Asia: an International Quarterly (New Jersey) of The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Studies. He regularly writes for Esprit and holds a blog on the information site Médiapart.

He supervises PhD dissertations at Sciences-Po (Institute of Political Sciences) Paris, and at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Cui Hongjian

Mr Cui Hongjian studied philosophy (Bachelor), Politics (Master) and international relations (Ph.D) at the Universities in China. From 1998 to now, he worked as a research fellow in China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and posted as Director of European Studies since 2009. Cui is the author of a book on “China’s Threat” (1996) and his recent work included programs on China-EU Relations in the weak of International Order Change (2009-2010), European Public Opinion on China and Chinese Public Diplomacy in Europe (2010-2011) and articles such as “China-EU Economic and Trade Relations in the Post-Crisis era”, European Energy Diplomacy in Central Asia Area and China-EU Cooperation (2010), “Model Roles”(2012).

Aleksandr Dynkin

Director of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Professor of economics, full member of Russian Academy of Sciences. Main research fields: economic growth, forecasting,international comparative studies, innovation policy, energy studies. The school of innovation policy studies established by A.Dynkin in IMEMO is highly recognized both in Russia and abroad. Elaborated and practically implemented in Russia a long-term economic and social forecast methodology. Since 2008 – a member of the Presidential Council for Science, Technology and Education; 2010 – Academic secretary of the RAS division for Global problems and International relations.

Krzysztof Gawlikowski

Graduated in psychology (Warsaw University, 1966), Ph.D. in Political Sciences (WU, 1971), Chinese language and history studied in Peking (1964-1966). 1972-1981 research work at the Insttitute of History, PAS. 1982-1995 in political emigration (teaching in Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples, Italy). Since 1995 again in Poland. The founder of the Centre of Asia-Pacific, at the Institute of Political Studies, PAS. Studies classical and modern Chinese thought, modern political and social transformation in China, and the School of Strategists (Sunzi). His chapter in Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, V, part 6,1994.

Bogdan Góralczyk

Professor and diplomat. Professor at Center for Europe in the University of Warsaw. Between 2003 and 2008 Ambassador in Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar. Between 2001 and 2003 head of the Cabinet of the Foreign Minister. Current Editor-in-Chief of "Azja-Pacyfik" (Asia-Pacific) Yearbook; Recently published a volume (In Polish) "Chinese Phoenix. Dilemmas of Emerging Power", in September this year his new volume entitled "Dragon Awekening. Return of China to the Global Scene" will be published. 

Jonathan Holslag

Jonathan Holslag is a research fellow at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS). His work focuses on political economy regional security in Asia. His two latest books, China and India: Prospects for Peace (Columbia University Press, 2010) and Trapped Giant (IISS and Routledge, 2011), were widely reviewed. Jonathan’s papers were published in journals like International Spectator, The Washington Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, etc. He is a frequently solicited referee for various international publishers and research commissions. Jonathan contributed to various study projects organized by European and international institutions.

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

Aleksander Kwaśniewski is the former President of the Republic of Poland (1995 – 2005). He participated in the famous “Round-Table” negotiations in Poland that finally brought the peaceful transformation of Poland from communism to democracy. A co-founding member and first chairman of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland. He won the presidential elections for the first time in 1995. Co-author of the new democratic Constitution of Poland, which he signed into law on July 16th, 1997. It was under his leadership that Poland finally joined NATO in 1999. He is an active supporter of further alliance enlargement under the "open door" policy. A strong proponent of European integration, Kwaśniewski campaigned for approval of the European Union accession treaty in 2003, and saw Poland become a member on May 1, 2004.  

Robert Legvold

Mr Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus at Columbia University and currently Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative.

LI Qiang

LI Qiang is professor of political science at the School of Government, Peking University, China. He received his Ph.D. from the University College London in 1993 and has been teaching at Peking University since 1994. His main areas of teaching and research are European political thought and modern Chinese politics. His publications include two books, Liberalism (1998), and Reflections on the Relationship between Individual (2008). He also acts as the director of the Centre for European Studies at Peking University.

Vincent Weifeng Ni

Vincent Weifeng Ni is a New York correspondent for Caixin Media. He was previously Caixin's London-based Europe Correspondent, a role which involved travelling to cover major news stories across Europe and North Africa. In particular, he spearheaded Caixin's coverage from Egypt on the events during the Arab Spring and extensively reported on the ongoing debt crises in Europe. In November 2011, his story on COVEC won a runner-up in London's Foreign Press Association. He holds a Masters degree from Oxford University and is a China fellow at Columbia's Journalism School.

Dariusz Rosati

Mr Rosati is a Professor of economics. Between 1995 and 1997 Mr Rosati served as Polish Minister of Foreign Affiars. Between 1998 and 2004 Mr Rosati was a Member of Monetary Policy Council. Member of European Parliament 2004-2009.

Adam Daniel Rotfeld

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland (the Marek Belka government), co-chairman of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters, member of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative and the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2006-2012). Professor at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Warsaw University. Member of Bronisław Geremek Foundation Council.

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski

Mr Jacek Saryusz-Wolski - a politician, diplomat and academic from Łódź serving as Member of the European Parliament (since 2004), where he is Member of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Budgets. He chairs the Delegation for relations with NATO Parliamentary Assembly and vice-chairs the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly. He is also the Vice-President of European People's Party. He most notably served as Vice-President of the European Parliament and Head of Office of the European Integration Committee (Poland). Member of the boards of the College of Europe and Collegium Civitas.

Beata Stelmach

Ms Stelmach started her career in 1991 just after the economic transformation in Poland had started. Related to the capital market originally she was employed in the Enforcement Department of the Polish Securities and Exchange. She participated in the introduction of Pekao/Alliance PTE SA – a newly created pension fund to the Polish market. She held the position of the President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Commodity Board of Trade. She was also the member of the Board of Prokom Software SA, Management Board of Intrum Justitia Association of Investment, the Partner and the Vice-President of MCI Management SA and the President of the Management Board of the Polish Assocation of Stock Exchange Issuers (SEG). She also participated in the negotiations on accession of Poland to OECD and the EU. As a consultant of the World Bank she participated in programs for the development of the capital markets in the Ukraine (1996) and in Russia (1997). On May 1st 2011 she was appointed as the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Paweł Świeboda

Paweł Świeboda is President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy. Graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of London. Mr Świeboda is former EU Advisor to the President of Poland and Director for the EU at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Member of the Council of the ECFR, Board of Directors of the Lisbon Council, advisory boards of the European Policy Centre, Notre Europe and the Baltic Development Forum. Serves on the Aviva Future Prosperity Panel and Global Agenda Council on Europe of the World Economic Forum. Writes a column on foreign policy in “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily.

Rodric Wye

Rod Wye is an Associate Fellow with the Asia Progeramme at Chatham House. He was for many years a leading researcher on Asia for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and served in the British Embassy in Beijing in 1985-1988 and again in 1995 to 1999.

Wenyu Xu

Ms Xu is a professor of Chinese modern literature at the Beijing College of Politics and Law. Her main areas of research are: literary criticism and mass culture. Her publications include seven monographs and published articles about more than a million words.



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