China’s New Way of Integration with the World:
The New Silk Road and the Opportunities for the World Economy

Second International Forum on the New Silk Road and Sino-European Cooperation


Several distinguished scholars have accepted our invitation to give keynote speeches at the conference:

  • Justin Yifu Lin (Honorary Dean, Peking University; Former Vice President of the World Bank)
  • Chong-En Bai (Chairman of the Economics Department, Tsinghua University; Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of China)
  • Susan Shirk (Chair of the 21st Century China Program, University of California, San Diego; Former Deputy Secretary of State of the U.S.A.)
  • Guido Tabellini (Intesa Sanpaolo Chair in Political Economics, Bocconi University)
  • Fabrizio Zilibotti (Dean, University of Zurich; President of the European Economic Association)

In recent years, China has quickly developed into a new engine for global economic growth and has become a new ascendant power in the international system. In order to uphold its development and growth momentum, the Chinese government has taken bold moves to deepen economic reforms and further integrate the country into the global division of labour. In autumn, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping successively proposed the initiatives of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” that are known as the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. In 2015, with the release of the “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building ‘One Belt, One Road’”, the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the setting up of the Silk Road Fund, the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative has moved on to the stage of implementation. Furthermore, the EU and Chinese leaders issued joint statements to develop synergies between EU policies, especially the € 315 billion EU Commission Investment Plan (also known as the Juncker Plan), and China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. Given the resources made available for the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, the latter will undoubtedly have a decisive impact on the structure and future development of global economic interaction.
What does the Initiative mean to the development of the involved countries and regions? What does it mean to the international order and relations between China and the world? These are just some of the questions brought forward by politicians, business leaders, and academic researchers worldwide. In search of well-founded answers to the micro and macro issues concerning the economics, finance, and politics of China’s development, and especially the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, the main theme of the 27th Annual Conference of CEA (UK) and the 8th CEA (Europe) Conference concerns China’s new way of integration with the world whilst exploring the opportunities of the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative for the global economic system.


We invite you to submit your proposal to present a paper at the conference. Paper proposals are due by February 29th, 2016.


Further features of the conference include:

  • The “Second International Forum on the ‘New Silk Road’ and Sino-European Cooperation”, a roundtable co-organized by the China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) at the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, and IN-EAST at the UDE. Senior government officials from China and Europe, business leaders, and renowned scholars will attend the roundtable.
  • Awards for best papers submitted and presented by PhD students.
  • Information Corner on job opportunities.
  • Social Events: On Saturday, September 3rd, a guided tour to Duisburg and its environs will be offered.


Conference Chair:

  • Yuan Li, University of Duisburg-Essen. President-Elect of Chinese Economic Association (Europe/UK)
  • Markus Taube, University of Duisburg-Essen


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