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Lecture: 'The EU's Ambition to Counterbalance China and the US in Asia: the Mismatch of Expectation and Reality'

Wanneer:di 12-05-2015 10:30 - 12:00
Waar:Oude Boteringestraat 23, room 23.001

On Tuesday the 12th of May Associate Prof. Dr Wu Chien-huei (Academia Sincica, Taipei, Taiwan) will provide a lecture on 'The EU's Ambition to Counterbalance China and the US in Asia: the Mismatch of Expectation and Reality'.


In 2009, when proposing a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Indonesia (EU-Indonesia PCA), the European Commission put forward four major contributions the EU-Indonesia PCA would make: economic, political influence, values, and culture. Economically, according to the Commission, PCAs with member countries of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would constitute prerequisite frameworks for negotiations of free trade agreements (FTAs). In terms of political influence, the European Union (the EU) would be able to assume greater responsibility and exert greater influence in a region dominated by China and the United States (the US). The Commission also suggested that the EU would be able to better promote European values and enhance concrete cooperation on matters of mutual interest. Finally, the EU-Indonesia PCA could be seen as an example of an inter-civilizational partnership given that Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country. Read more

Speaker bio

Dr Chien-Huei Wu is currently Associate Research Professor at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his PhD degree at the European University Institute, Florence in 2009. After that, he worked for one year as Assistant Professor at National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan. Before pursuing his doctoral degree, he practized as District Attorney for the Ministry of Justice in Taiwan. In 2011-12, he advised the Ministry in drafting prisoner transfer legislation in Taiwan with a view to facilitating the prisoner transfer between Taiwan and China, and Taiwan and Germany. His research interests cover EU external relations law and international economic law. He follows closely EU-China and EU-ASEAN relations and pays particular attention to Asian regionalism and WTO-IMF linkage. He has just published a new book by Martinus Nijhoff entited “WTO and the Greater China: Economic Integration and Dispute Resolution”. In 2014, he was awarded Ta-You Wu Memorial Award, an award set up by the Ministry of Science and Technology to commemorate the renowned physicist Ta-You Wu for his academic achievement and contribution.