As part of our Talking Geopolitical Podcast Series, we had the privilege to talk to Mr. Patrick Nijs, former Belgian Ambassador and former Consul General to China. We discussed the current state of the US-China tensions, with a focus on the role the EU is playing to resolve these tensions. Our conversation centered around the potential role the EU can have in the US-China rivalry. Considering the EU’s concerns regarding certain policy decisions of the US and China in areas such as trade, security, and human rights, we further talked about how the EU might balance its desire to promote global cooperation and stability with its strategic interests and priorities. Additionally, we touched upon the importance of the idea of interpolarity for the EU’s mediating efforts. Finally, we also explored how the EU can promote dialogue and cooperation through the UN.
Elia Gabriëls holds a B.A. in Political Science from Ghent University and is currently enrolled in a Master’s in International Politics. Furthermore, she is part of the bureau of the Olivaint Conference of Belgium. This is an independent, multilingual organisation that provides extra-curricular education on governance issues to Belgian students. She has a deep interest in International Relations, EU Foreign Policy, and International Political Economy. Elia is a Dutch native speaker and fluent in English and French, with an intermediate knowledge of German.Read More