BBI Publications

China-European Union Relations:
What trajectory will Europe take amidts the U.S. – Chinese Rivalry?


Prof. Bahri YILMAZ,Sabancı University Emeritus Faculty


The aim of this research paper is to explore the possible causes of the evolving global conflict between the United States and China; to analyse the economic results and consequences of this rivalry for the European Union (EU) as well as its relations with China, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will closely examine the various dimensions of the conflict and the impacts of the U.S.-Chinese rivalry on Europe. We also intend to understand the structure of the conflict from the Chinese, American, and European perspectives. Finally, we will discuss the attitude of the EU to the China-U.S. rivalry as well as explore where the EU stands between these two super powers and which way Europe will go? Whose side it will take? Will the EU follow an independent route and speak with “one-single voice”? What trajectory will Europe take in the future?


Bahri Yılmaz is EU Ad Personam Jean Monnet Professor and Emeritus Professor in Economics at Sabanci University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He worked as the Chief Advisor to the Ministry of State for European Union Affairs in Ankara between 1997 and 2002. He was a visiting fellow at Wolfson and Pembroke College, Cambridge, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, Korean Development Institute/Seoul, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Berlin and at the Centre for European Studies (CES) Harvard University.