EU-China relations


published: 6.12.2023

Spain, the EU and China, with Mario Esteban

Mario Esteban Rodríguez

Johannes Heller-John

In July 2023, Spain took over the presidency of the council of the European Union, the first transfer of this position since the introduction of de-risking into the bloc’s relationship with China.

In this MERICS China Podcast, Johannes Heller-John talks with Mario Esteban, full professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies of the Autonomous University of Madrid and Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute, about the Spanish-China relationship, the role of China during Spain’s Council Presidency and the Agenda of the upcoming EU-China Summit. Together with his colleague Hugo Armanini, Mario wrote the chapter on Spain in this year’s report by the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC).


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About the speakers

Mario Esteban Rodríguez

Associate Professor at Autonomous University of Madrid

Political scientist and sinologist specialized on the foreign policy of China

Johannes Heller-John

Communications manager at MERICS