Public Diplomacy Forum

Welcome to our blog about the fourth China-Europe Public Diplomacy Forum!

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Public Diplomacy Forums between China and Europe – What For?

DEU, Berlin, 08.10.2015, Public Diplomacy Forum 2015 – 4th International Conference on Public Diplomacy in China-Europe Relations, [ (c) Wolfgang Borrs, Wiener Str. 11, D-10999 B e r l i n, Mobile +49.171.5332491, www.borrs.de, mail@borrs.de; ]China and the EU are two very different entities in world politics. While both are large economic powers and economic cooperation and interdependence has been deepening for decades now, political cooperation is still challenged by disagreement and differences in world views. Furthermore, the fact that China is going through a transformative phase regarding its position in our world order is complicating things. China’s political intentions are said to be „hard to read“.

While differing views are quite ordinary in world politics, it is very important to have a good understanding of each other’s perspective and perceptions in order to achieve an „informed divergence“ (Anne-Marie Slaughter) of opinions as a basis for striking compromises. An uninformed divergence can easily lead to misunderstanding and conflict. Therefore, creating a bridge for mutual understanding should be a vital interest on both sides. While higher politics are usually preoccupied with issues of security, finance and trade – while cultural issues are more or less left aside and treated as issues of low politics – cultural perceptions nonetheless constantly permeate actors’ realities, so that even politics that don’t seem cultural in nature can hence become interspersed with intercultural misunderstandings.

Three research institutes from Europe and China – the German ifa (Institute of Foreign Relations), the Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of Foreign Relations) and the Chinese Charhar Institute – have set up a meaningful cooperation to jointly exchange views and research on a variety of important issues, taking a culturally sensitive perspective of political views and misunderstandings, communication flows and self-images on both sides. All three of the research institutes have a solid record of research foci on public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy as well as cultural foreign relations. They jointly set up yearly conferences on varying topics around culture and public diplomacy in and between the EU and China to attain a better understanding of each other’s world views and perceptions – and how these relate to actual international politics.

This Year’s Forum: Public Diplomacy for Global Public Goods

DEU, Berlin, 08.10.2015, Public Diplomacy Forum 2015 – 4th International Conference on Public Diplomacy in China-Europe Relations, [ (c) Wolfgang Borrs, Wiener Str. 11, D-10999 B e r l i n, Mobile +49.171.5332491, www.borrs.de, mail@borrs.de; ]This year’s conference – in reaction to COP21, the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris 2015 – focuses on „Public Diplomacy for Global Public Goods“, because global challenges of the 21st century ask for a more collaborative diplomacy among states and between states and a growing number of other international actors. This is especially the case for the provision of global public goods (GPGs) such as security and climate. Due to changing trade patterns and rapid changes in digital technology, public goods like knowledge and culture are becoming more contested, also in relations between China and Europe. GPGs are challenged whenever the consumption of shared resources is not balanced with the needs of the wider community.

The conference participants from China, the EU and the US will debate questions of common understandings of global challenges and the scope for sharing each other’s perspectives as well as differing cases made by China and Europe with regards to the provision of global goods, differences in diplomatic strategies and resulting opportunities and obstacles in China-Europe relations. The conference also aims at identifying potential for collaborative initiatives between China and the EU that aim at Global Public Good provision. Global Public Goods such as climate, the environment, security, financial stability as well as huge cooperative infrastructure initiatives like China’s president Xi’s „One Belt, One Road“ initiative will be discussed.

The conference is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Programme:

Link to the Programme of the IV. China-Europa Public Dipomacy Forum on Global Public Goods

Outcome:

Link to the Berlin Consensus 2015 of the IV. China-Europe Public Dipomacy Forum on Global Public Goods

Public Event:

DEU, Berlin, 08.10.2015, Public Diplomacy Forum 2015 – Klima(miss)verstaendnisse - China, Indien und die EU, [ (c) Wolfgang Borrs, www.borrs.de, info@borrs.de; ]This conference included a public evening event. In the evening of October 8th 2015 at 8pm a Public Panel Discussion was held in the venue of the Bosch Foundation Berlin on the issue of (mis)understandings between China, India and the EU about global climate change.

A recapitulation of the vivid discussion can be found here.

 

Photos: Wolfgang Borrs

 

The Cooperation Partners of the Public Diplomacy Forum Berlin:

 

Logo_ifa
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) has a central vision: the peaceful and open-minded coexistence of people and cultures worldwide. To this end, ifa promotes the relationship between arts and culture in its programmes, exhibitions and dialogue and conference programmes. In its role as an expert hub for foreign cultural and educational policy, ifa creates networks between civil society, cultural practitioners, art, media and science. Its core business is intercultural dialogue and civil conflict management.

 

pdforum_Robert-Bosch-Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It holds 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH. Established in 1964, it represents the philanthropic endeavors of Robert Bosch (1861–1942), focussing on the fields of science, health, international relations, education, society, and culture. In Stuttgart, the Foundation maintains the Robert Bosch Hospital, the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, and the Institute for the History of Medicine. Between 1964 and 2014, the Foundation has made available 1.3 billion euros for projects. In 2014, approximately 68 million euros were spent on project funding.

 

Drukwerk

Clingendael Institute is an independent Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy which studies various topics of international relations, Europe and conflict management. It conducts research, provides reports and information, and organizes training programmes and seminars for a large number of audiences, including diplomats and civil servants as well as representatives of foreign ministries, staff of the armed forces and employees of NGOs and the private sector.

logo-charhar institute

Charhar Institute is a Chinese independent and privately funded non-governmental think tank. It was founded in 2009. The Charhar Institute aims at research and communication of diplomacy and international relations.

 

Programme

Public Diplomacy Forum 2015
4th International Conference on
Public Diplomacy in China-Europe Relations

 

Public Diplomacy for Global Public Goods
7th – 10th October 2015 / Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin

Organiser / Venue

Venue: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
Conference Chair:
Dr Odila Triebel
Head of Dialogue and Research “Culture and Foreign Policy”, ifa

Conference language: English

Hotel:
Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin-Mitte
Wallstraße 23-24
10179 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 8471170

 

Public Diplomacy for Global Public Goods
Topic of the event

Global challenges of the 21st century ask for a more collaborative diplomacy among states and between states and a growing number of other international actors. This is especially the case for the provision of global public goods (GPGs) such as security and climate. Due to changing trade patterns and rapid changes in digital technology, public goods like knowledge and culture are becoming more contested, also in relations between China and Europe. GPGs are challenged whenever the consumption of shared resources is not balanced with the needs of the wider community.

Schedule:

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

Arrival of participants

08:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner at the Restaurant 23 Wallstreet at the Hotel Park Plaza Wallstreet

Thursday, 8th October 2015

08:00 a.m. Departure by Bus (BVB) from the Hotel Park Plaza Wallstreet

08:30 a.m. Admission

09:00 – 10:00 a.m. Inaugural event (Room 2.6 + 2.7)

Welcoming remarks 5 min
Christian Hänel, Head of Department International Relations America and Asia,
Robert Bosch Stiftung

Welcoming remarks 5 min
Ronald Grätz, Secretary General, ifa

Welcoming remarks 5 min
Jan Melissen, Senior Research Fellow and representative of Clingendael

Welcoming remarks 5 min
Ke Yinbin, Secretary-General, Charhar Institute

Keynote speech about 30 min
On Cooperation and Global Governance
Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee break (Room 2.8)

Session I
“A common basis of understanding: Chinese and European positions on GPGs”
Does the public diplomacy of China, European governments and the EU reveal a common understanding of global challenges?

Is there a competition of ideas on addressing GPGs, if so in which areas and what is the scope for sharing each other’s perspectives?

Is there merit in conceiving public diplomacy for GPGs in terms of its contribution to international security?

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Perspectives from China (20 min, 10 min q/a)
Huang Youyi: Why China’s Global Public Good is the One Belt and One Road Proposal

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Perspectives from Europe (20 min, 10 min q/a)
Maximilian Mayer: How the Environment (Water, Atmosphere, Land) becomes a Public Good

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Discussion in plenum incl. 5 min. case study China by Sunami Atsushi, 5 min. case study Europe by Mikko Huotari on Regional Financial Governance

Moderator: from China Zhao Kejin

12:30 – 01:30 p.m. Lunch (Room 5.1/5.3)

Session II
“Comparative approaches: Towards public diplomacy in an international realm”
How do China and Europe present their cases for the provision of Global Public Goods in different fields (e.g. security, trade) in the international arena?

What are the similarities and differences in the ways China and Europe try to influence foreign public opinion and what instruments do they use?

How are domestic publics targeted or actively engaged in public diplomacy strategies?

How does growing interconnectedness between China and Europe in an expanding transnational realm impact on approaches towards public diplomacy?

01:30 – 02:00 p.m. Perspectives from Europe (20 min, 10 min q/a)
Ingrid d’Hooghe: China’s Public Diplomacy Strategy: the Importance of Providing Global Public Goods

02:00 – 02:30 p.m. Perspectives from China (20 min, 10 min q/a)
Yao Yao: Opportunity and Challenge: Public Diplomacy between China and Europe

02:30 – 03:30 p.m. Discussion in plenum incl. 5 min. case study China by Wang Yiwei: What Will the One
Belt and One Road Initiative Provide to GPGs? 5 min. case study Europe by Shaun Breslin: Non-Traditional Security for Who/What? Between the International, the National and the Human

Moderator: Susan Perry

03:30 p.m. Departure by bus (BVB)
Cultural programme – Sightseeing Tour

05:30 p.m. End of the Sightseeing Tour at the Robert Bosch Stiftung

05:30 – 06:30 p.m. Dinner (Room 5.1/5.3)

Public Evening event (Atrium)

06:30 p.m. Admission

07:30 – 08:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks

Christian Hänel, Head of Department International Relations America and Asia,
Robert Bosch Stiftung

Catalina Cullas, Head of Division for Cultural and Media Relations Southern Hemisphere and Cultural Heritage Preservation worldwide, Federal Foreign Office

Li Xiaosi, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in Germany

08:00 – 09:30 p.m. Public Panel Discussion
“(Mis)understanding of Climate – China, India and the EU”
Bharat H. Desai, Wang Yiwei, Dirk Messner
Moderation: Clare Shine
(simultaneous translation English/German)

Followed by discussion with the audience

09:30 – 10:45 p.m. Reception (Room 0.1 and Foyer)

11:00 p.m. End

11:15 p.m. Departure by bus (BVB) to the Hotel Park Plaza Wallstreet

Friday, 9th October 2015

08:50 a.m. Departure by bus (BVB) from the Hotel Park Plaza Wallstreet

09:15 a.m. Admission (Room 2.6 + 2.7)

Session III
“Trends in Diplomacy of China and Europe and their influence on GPG governance”
What are the opportunities and obstacles in China-Europe relations of digital diplomacy in the interest of GPGs?

How relevant is the distinction between public diplomacy and diplomacy in general, and how do China and Europe experience current change in diplomatic practice?

Is there a common understanding in China-Europe relations on the interdependence between domestic and global publics?

What is the potential of developing collaborative public diplomacy initiatives between China and Europe that aim at GPG provision, and is this influenced by relations with other big powers (the US, Russia)?

09:30 – 10:00 a.m. Perspectives from China (20 min, 10 min q/a)
Jan Melissen: Diplomacy Going Digital – An Invitation to an Emerging Debate

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Perspectives from Europe (20 min, 10 min q/a)
Li Lina: Reflections and Suggestions for Climate Diplomacy Based on Experiences of Germany and China

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Discussion in plenum incl. 5 min. case study China by Fan Lei: Soft Public Goods and the Future for Sino-European Cooperation, 5 min. case study Europe by Rainer Kuhlen

Moderator: Huang Youyi

11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Flash back
3 min. statements by 2 other members of the delegation of China
Chu Yilin and Yin Shengyuan and
2 other members of the delegation of Europe
Christian Becker and Bharat H. Desai

Summarizing feedback by a speaker from China Zhao Kejin

12:00 – 01:00 p.m. Lunch (Room 5.1/5.3)

Session IV

Workshop “Berlin Consensus”

01:30 – 02:30 p.m. Separate group meetings of the Chinese and the European delegation (Room 1.1/1.2)

02:30 – 03:00 p.m. Coffee break

03:00 – 04:30 p.m. Common plenum:
Design of a common draft

Thank you and farewell by the organizers

05:00 p.m. End of the conference

05:30 p.m. Departure by bus (BVB) to the Hotel Park Plaza Wallstreet

Departure of the European speakers
Chinese Delegation: Free time for your own arrangements (except core team)

06:00 – 07:30 p.m. Meeting “Core Team” (Room 1.2)
Planning of post-Berlin

Saturday, 10th October 2015
Departure Chinese delegation