EU-China Relations in the Era of ‘De-Risking’


China’s rise is most manifest in its ‘opening and reform’ since 1978 with rapid economic growth propelling it to become the world’s second largest economy in 2010. However, with the polycrisis engulfing the world today, China is struggling to reignite its battered economy and the parameters of the economic relationship with China is being debated around the globe, ‘de-risking’ has emerged as the preferred approach for many countries’ international economic strategy.  

How does China negotiate its economic engagement with the world? What is China’s place in the evolving system of global economic governance? This lecture will grapple with these questions through the lens of China’s engagement with the EU, the world's largest trading block. The EU and China form the second-largest economic cooperation in the world, trading over 2 billion euros each day; the lecture will look into the making of China’s trade diplomatic relationship with the EU. It will further explore the opportunities and challenges in China’s trade engagement with the EU and discuss how China might respond in terms of the evolving ‘de-risking’ policy crafted by the EU, in light of the need for China and the EU to have the will to embark on a journey towards change. 

This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.

Please note that this lecture was originally scheduled for 8 March 2024.

Enrolments will close at 23:59 UTC (GMT) on 27 February 2024.

Programme details

Friday 27 February, 2pm–3.15pm UTC (GMT)

The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed by questions.

For those attending in person at Rewley House, registration takes place from 1.45pm. Tea and coffee are provided in the Common Room after each lecture, from 3.15pm.

For those joining us online, please join in good time before each lecture to ensure that you have no connection problems. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the start time.


Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £30.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £25.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Lucie Qian Xia

Lucie Qian Xia is a Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of China at the University of Oxford. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and previously taught Chinese diplomacy and global governance at Sciences Po Paris and was the postdoctoral China Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to academia, Lucie worked at the Delegation of the European Union to China in Beijing and the UN Representation Office to the EU in Brussels.


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For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this lecture. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.