13th Foreign and Security Policy Dialogue between SPD and CPC

Event: Regional and International Affairs

The Strategic Advancement of the German and Chinese Foreign and Security Policy against the Backdrop of New Geopolitical Challenges

In the light of new foreign and security policy realignments in the two countries, decision makers and experts from Germany and China discussed possible ways of cooperation between Germany/Europe and China concerning global challenges and China’s new Silk Road initiatives in Beijing from March 30th to April 1st.

German and Chinese decision makers and experts during the conference of the 13th Foreign and Security policy dialogue between the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Communist Party of China (CPC)
German and Chinese decision makers and experts during the conference of the 13th Foreign and Security policy dialogue between the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Communist Party of China (CPC)

The main item on the agenda of the dialogue was a jointly organized conference by the International Department of CPC, the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU) and the FES on March 31st. The conference was titled “The Strategic Advancement of the German and Chinese Foreign and Security Policy against the Backdrop of New Geopolitical Challenges”.

During the conference on March 31st, both sides initially discussed the ways for mutual cooperation concerning current global crises (Ukraine, IS etc.). Afterwards, they shared their ideas on the Chinese new Silk Road initiatives. It turned out that the Silk Road initiatives are both an opportunity and a challenge for German/European-Chinese relations. On the one hand they are able to establish mechanisms for cooperation beyond the entrenched dialogue mechanisms. On the other hand the initiatives may involve the danger of intensifying the political and economic competitive situation between Germany/Europe and China along the Silk Road. Furthermore, both sides agreed on the point that the success of cooperation depends on the integration of Russia.

Apart from the conference the delegation from Germany also met Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao on March 30th. During the meeting, the two sides underlined the importance of the relations and discussed possible mutual cooperation for the solution of current crises and challenges, e.g. in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iran and Greece.

While a broad consensus position could not be reached, some agreement did emerge in key areas: Participants agreed that the G20 should further develop its character as an informal political body where high-level country representatives can engage in crisis management but also discuss broader issues. This relative informality was of particular importance given the heightened tension between the United States and China as well as the surge of regional and global crises.

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