Bruno Maçães was the Europe Minister in Portugal from 2013 to 2015. He is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington and the author of two recent books, The Dawn of Eurasia and Belt and Road. The Dawn of Eurasia was selected as a book of the year by both the Financial Times and Foreign Affairs. His new book, History Has Begun, will be published in 2020 in both the United Kingdom and the United States. “Bruno’s book on the pandemic will be published in September”.
Competition of systems is in full swing. China is emerging in a more competitive shape and more self-confident out of the pandemic in the economy, controlling the virus, tech dominance or military. With the Chinese growing dominant position in the global arena, how are future relations with China going to look like? With the US announcing China to be the biggest challenge of the century, how can the US and Europe work together to face the threat? On what issues can the cooperation with China be successful, and what alliances can be formed?
A growing number of Nations are openly challenging China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, including EU nations (France, UK, Germany), Japan, and the United States. How can freedom of trade and navigation be protected and the rule of law and internationally accepted norms in the high seas of the South China Sea be upheld? How are like-minded nations cooperating to protect freedom of navigation and trade security in the South China Sea and what more can be achieved?