PRESS RELEASE Reinhard Bütikofer and invitation: Climate Superpowers?

Am 03.12.2020 wird im Rahmen einer Online-Diskussion von ECFR und E3G die neue Studie “Climate Superpowers? How the EU and China can compete and cooperate for a green future” vorgestellt. Dazu meine Pressemitteilung:


Please find below a quote of Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP (Greens/EFA) as well as the invitation and link for registration to the launch event on Thursday, 3 December, at 11 am:

“With their new report “Climate Superpowers? How the EU and China can compete and cooperate for a green future”, ECFR and E3G open an important new chapter in the conversation about how climate change policy intersects with EU-China relations. This valuable contribution merits wide attention.

China has frequently been dubbed an indispensable partner for the EU in climate change policy. It is obvious that ambitious Chinese contributions are indeed indispensable if the international community is to succeed according to the objectives of the Paris Accord. But how much of a partner is China, really? How much of a competitor is she? And how do competition and cooperation play out against the backdrop of systemic rivalry? The answer is: it’s complicated. The study takes a very clear-eyed look at the different dimensions that will play a role in that regard. And it comes up with important policy recommendations.

It would be good if European leaders in shaping climate-oriented EU-China relations would take on board the realistic and ambitious approach that this study represents.”


Between Coordination and Competition: The EU, China, and the new Reality of Climate Action

Thursday, 3 December, 11:00 – 12:30 (CET)
– online discussion via Zoom –

Introduction by
Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA) and Chairman of the delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China

Presentation of the key findings of the report by

  • Janka Oertel, Director Asia Programme, ECFR
  • Jennifer Tollmann, Policy Advisor for Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics, E3G
  • Byford Tsang, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics, E3G

Followed by comments among others by

  • Isabel Hilton, CEO and Editor, ChinaDialogue

Please RSVP here. The log-in details will be provided upon registration.

Dear colleague,

In the name of E3G and the European Council on Foreign Relations, together with MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, we are delighted to invite you to our roundtable on rethinking the EU-China relation on climate cooperation.

In this virtual roundtable discussion ECFR and E3G will present the key findings of their latest policy brief that maps the geopolitical dimension of the climate conversation and its impact on EU-China relations. The broad notion of ‘partnership’ no longer sufficiently reflects the reality of the EU’s interaction with China in tackling the most important global challenge. Instead Europe and China are increasingly competing across the entirety of the relationship. This will include climate policy which Europeans will no longer be able to treat as a separate dimension unaffected by broader geopolitical and geo-economic trends. The EU will now have to balance cooperation with increasing competition for leadership on green technologies, markets, and influence. How can the EU shape the future of Europe’s climate policy in light of the changing nature of EU-China relations?

It would be a pleasure to welcome you at this discussion.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Janka Oertel, Director Asia Programme, ECFR

The debate will be held on-the-record and in English.