Partner, Competitor, or Rival? The China Conundrum in Transatlantic Relations

February 15, 2020

Official Side Event at the 2020 Munich Security Conference

China’s growing international presence has far-ranging effects on both the United States and Germany in areas such as economics and trade, technology policy, human rights, the regional power balance, and international security. German and American wariness about these issues is growing and common concerns could serve as a foundation for greater transatlantic cooperation vis-à-vis China, but policies on these issues often have diverged. At a time when the United States considers further trade measures against Europe following the first phase of an agreement between Washington and Beijing, our discussion will seek to identify shared American and German interests and assess the appropriate level of ambition and priorities for a transatlantic approach to Chinese influence.


Robert Blair, Special Representative for Telecommunications Policy in the White House

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN)

Reinhard Bütikofer, Deputy Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament, Brussels

Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, New York

Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT)

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, German Bundestag, Berlin

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

AGI is proud to partner with the American Council on Germany (ACG) on this event.

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