The initiative brought together selected high-level experts, businesspeople, policy makers and other stakeholders from Asia and Europe to discuss current economic shifts in Asia and their potential impact on Europe also with a view to providing policy options to foster EU-Asia relations. Specific attention was devoted to Chinese investment in Europe, its relevance for the European economy, and political reactions both at the EU and national level.
As a rapidly rising potential superpower, China's recent 19th National Congress of the ruling party has attracted worldwide attention. Along with the remarkable proclamation of China's entry into the “New Era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”, the country is witnessing several groundbreaking changes both from a political and an institutional standpoint: the inclusion of Xi Jinping’s “thought” into the Constitution, for example, or the abolition of the two-terms limit for the presidential mandate.
The international workshop on “Interreligious Engagement and Sustainable Peace”, organised by ISPI and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held in Bologna on March 6, with the scientific coordination of Prof. Fabio Petito, from the University of Sussex.
With the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Xi Jinping administration has entered its second term with seemingly more centralized and enhanced power. President Xi recently achieved several important foreign policy changes and his “Thought” has been enshrined into the party charter, which suggests he has gained more power than his predecessor. At the same time, China’s economic policy still swings back and forth between two different schools of thought within the regime.