Stockholm China Alliance set up

08:57, June 10, 2010      

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Stockholm China Alliance, SCA, a new interdisciplinary organization focusing on policy research dealing with a stronger China was set up in Stockholm on Wednesday.

"Stockholm China Alliance was based on China Forum hosted by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI and includes SIPRI, Stockholm Environment Institute, SEI, and China research in Stockholm School of Economics," said Ambassador Olof Ehrencrona who is senior advisor to Foreign Minister of Sweden made the announcement at the opening of the Stockholm China seminar.

He said the alliance is formed also on the occasion that China and Sweden celebrate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations.

"The mission of the Stockholm China Alliance is to bridge the politicians and academics with the interdisciplinary approach needed for sustainable solutions," Ehrencrona said.

Dr. Bates Gill, Director of SIPRI said the three organizations will take a rotating role to host seminars on different topics.

"Foreign policies and security is the topic of today's seminar and SEI will host topics on environment, and financial issues will be discussed later," Dr. Gill said.

Gill said that SCA aims to provide larger and more robust research projects that analyze Chinese developments from business, political, security and environmental perspectives breaking through barriers between disciplines.

It will disseminate its findings to policymakers, scholars, business leaders and society via seminars and debates and joint publications.

Why has the scope of common actions between China and EU failed to live up to initial expectations was the main topic for the half day seminar co-hosted by the alliance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden.

Dr. May-Britt Stumbaum, head of SIPRI's EU-China Project and Dr. Pan Zhongqi, professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University gave a key note speech about China EU relations and explained what was missing in the relations and gave their suggestions.

Dr. Stumbaum said that China is an ideal partner to talk with since China and the EU have a lot of overlap concerns and interests, thus EU should form one vision with one voice and invest more in education and expertise in China-EU relations.

Dr. Pan said that China was not happy about EU's arms embargo against China and didn't think EU is a global player in security sector. But he suggests that China and EU can cooperate a lot in playing a mediation role in issues such as Iran and North Korea, as well as Darfur.

About 100 people participated in the seminar.

By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online correspondent in Stockholm, [email protected]


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