Symposia on Transatlantic Perspectives on Economic and Security Relations with China, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, One Hundred Eighth Congress, November 30, 2004 (Brussels, Belgium), December 2, 2004 (Prague, Czech Republic)   [open pdf - 1MB]

The Commission met in the American Center of the Embassy of the United States in Brussels, Belgium at 9:00 a.m., Chairman C. Richard D'Amato and Vice Chairman Roger W. Robinson, Jr. presiding. [...] On behalf of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, we are pleased to transmit this report on our meetings and symposia in Brussels, Belgium and Prague, Czech Republic from November 29-December 3, 2004. These discussions gave the Commission the opportunity to examine European perspectives on the EU's growing commercial and security relations with China. The Commission delegation met with over 65 European officials and experts in these two cities and hosted two public symposia entitled, 'Transatlantic Perspectives on Economic and Security Relations with China.' By visiting both Brussels, the seat of EU government, and Prague, a Central European capital, the Commission was able to absorb a wide spectrum of opinions as well as learn how perspectives differ among countries and institutions. [...] Among the key topics discussed were European deliberations over lifting the current EU arms embargo against China and potential areas for U.S.-EU cooperation in improving Chinese compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. The Commission's primary goal was to gain a better understanding of the issues where U.S. and European interests align and where differences exist. During the course of our trip, the Commission focused on how an enhanced dialogue between U.S. and European parties can improve cooperation in addressing key economic and security concerns relating to China."

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