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Sat, Sep 30



European Guanxi Youth Conference

This inaugural edition of the EGYC will discuss the EU’s strategic autonomy and the current global geopolitical environment that are shaping EU-China relations.

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European Guanxi Youth Conference
European Guanxi Youth Conference

Time & Location

Sep 30, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM GMT+2

Etterbeek, Av. de l'Yser 11, 1040 Etterbeek, Belgium

About the Event

Below what you can expect on Saturday 30th if you decide to join us - further details to come on panels spekers and online participation.

10:15 - Keynote speech by Sari Arho Havrén

10:45 - Panel 1, Security and defence

12:15 - Lunch

13:45 - Panel 2, Technology

15:15 - Closing Keynote speech

The Panels


The focus of the security and defense panel primarily revolves around how the impact of the digital revolution on human interaction creates what some experts describe as a new "fifth domain" of warfare. Realms included are cybersecurity, narrative and information warfare, and artificial intelligence, and one of our primary focus is how this fifth domain intersects with reducing or vulnerabilities of the EU within itself and other domains, especially as it maintains a position of alignment with democratic countries and the rules-based international order in general in light of aggressive behavior and the no-limits partnership between Russia and the PRC.


The Panel on Technology and Digital Policy seeks to better understand existing political rhetoric on how European strategic autonomy can be achieved through technological infrastructure. Core areas of focus within this Panel will be the Global Gateway Initiative and supply side policies and how they may or may not develop the technological growth and protection of EU citizens. Comparisons will be drawn with China's Belt & Road Initiative and their Digital Silk Road, whilst also touching on other related issues such as AI and superconductors.

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