Do We Need to Get More Involved? Which Role(s) for China Scholars in the Increasingly Heated European China Debate(s)?

  • Marina Rudyak
  • Nicholas Loubert
  • Igor Rogelja
  • Konstantinos Tsimonis

China’s emergence as an authoritarian superpower reveals a huge need on the side of the EU and its members to invest in knowledge. Presently, there is a huge asymmetry of knowledge: China knows the EU countries much better than vice versa, which is partly caused by the language barrier. There are very few experts in Europe who are literate in China, the majority of existing China analysis relies on translated sources—while only a fraction of all Chinese sources gets translated. But the big question that needs to be resolved is how to mobilise the knowledge now and how to train the next generation of China-literate experts, given that Europe-wide the number of student enrolment in Chinese studies drops rapidly every time China’s image worsens? Do we need an EU funded China competence centre that does specifically “China decoding” and also trains students in that skill?

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