How does China view the current state of global trade relations?


May 15, 2024, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
Virtual Event
Cecilia Malmström (PIIE), Tianlei Huang (PIIE), Alicia García-Herrero (Bruegel; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) and Tu Xinquan (WTO Chairholder; University of International Business and Economics, Beijing)

Event Summary

Despite high-level visits by American and Chinese officials, trade tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, and US-China relations will probably be an important topic during the US elections. Relations with the European Union are also tense, as Brussels prepares for possible tariffs on electric vehicles and seeks to apply a more coherent “de-risking” strategy vis à vis China. How is all this viewed in Beijing? What are China's short- and medium-term trade strategies? How does China want to strengthen the World Trade Organization (WTO)? How is the Chinese economy actually doing? And what preparations are Chinese officials making for the possible outcome of the June parliamentary elections in Europe and the November presidential elections in the United States?

Joining this episode of Trade Winds are:


Cecilia Malmström
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)


Alicia García-Herrero
Senior Fellow, Bruegel; Adjunct Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tianlei Huang
Research Fellow and China Program Coordinator, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)

Tu Xinquan
World Trade Organization (WTO) Chairholder; Dean and Professor, China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China



About This Series

Trade Winds is a monthly virtual event series hosted by Cecilia Malmström that explores the future of global commerce, including ways that international cooperation on trade can accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.