Seminar “The New Power Dynamics between China, the US and the EU”


On February 26th, the Spain-China Council Foundation organized in collaboration with the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. the seminar “The new power dynamics between China, the US and the EU”, that took place at the Uría Menéndez auditorium in Madrid.

The roundtable was moderated by Cristina Manzano, editor-in-chief of Esglobal, who was accompanied by Jinghan Zeng, professor at the University of Lancaster, Carla Freeman, director of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and Fidel Sendagorta, recently appointed director of Foreign Policy and Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain.

Manzano opened the debate asking if US-China relations are the most relevant dynamic of the 21st century, something that all three speakers agreed upon. On this regard, Fidel Sendagorta underlined that “every country is in a US-them-China triangle”. However, not everything was consensus. In more controversial topics such as the technological decoupling in the wake of the development of 5G telephone networks, the possibility of an ideological war between China and the US, the new balances of power in the international society, or the response in the face of an global crisis, Jinghan Zeng and Carla Freeman confronted their ideas.

The general conclusion of the debate was that US-China relations are capital, as are relations with third countries, and pointed out that “the European Union must learn to speak the language of power” to keep its place as the third vertex of the most important triangle of the international community.