What we do

The project starts from the recognition of the re-emergence of China as a top tier great power, and the need of the EU to develop a long-term approach based on knowledge to engage strategically with the resurgent and increasingly assertive China, as well as the global changes unleashed thereby.

To this end, the China Horizons consortium brings together some of the best researchers in Europe to build up a world class independent knowledge base on China in Europe.


Objectives of the project

The China Horizons project is funded by the European Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission, through a Horizon Europe 3-years grant.

    The main objectives of the project are:
  • Upgrade Europe’s independent knowledge on Contemporary China’s society, culture, politics, economy, foreign policy, and its compliance with international obligations and norms in these areas.
  • Contribute with research-driven recommendations to the European Union, and European policy and business stakeholders to deal with the Chinese party-state, people, and economy, in ways that best serve Europe’s interests.
  • Contribute to the building of a lasting network of China expertise in Europe.
Opis zdjęcia
Consortium members at the kick-off meeting in Madrid

Subject areas

The main subject areas are the following: China’s society and culture, Chinese Party-State and internal politics, Chinese Economy, Foreign and security policy, and its compliance with international obligations/laws/norms (or lack thereof).

This consortium constitutes a well-timed initiative to bring together some of the best researchers across Europe with the goal of establishing a world-class independent knowledge base on China, helping to foster an enduring collaborative network among existing China knowledge nodes in Europe.

Kasper Ingeman Beck (CBS)

The project takes a combined multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to construct a holistic understanding of contemporary China. Rigorous research methodologies, combined with updated assumptions, analytical frameworks, and common data foundations will allow to capture and understand profound and rapid changes both in China and EU-China relations.