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On May 4th, the LeidenAsiaCentre (LAC) and the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) will organise an online roundtable that aims to discuss their policy brief titled “Acting on China’s Digital Silk Road: Prospects for EU-India Cooperation” published in February 2021.

The brief examines China’s expanding role in the global digital domain and its impact on Indian and EU strategic interests. A collaboratively produced background report centred on the Digital Silk Road’s strategic implications was published in August 2020. This peer-reviewed policy brief was developed based on consultations with experts from Indian and EU governments and civil society. It is part of the project, titled “China’s Digital Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for India and the EU“, run collaboratively by IPCS and LAC.

During the online event, the authors of the policy brief will first present the publication, which will be followed by discussant’s remarks. After this, there is time for a round table discussion. Anyone interested in joining the event can register via the link above.

Speakers & Moderators (listed alphabetically):

  • Asad Beg (Advisor to the Special Envoy for Connectivity, European External Action Service)
  • Richard Ghiasy (LeidenAsiaCentre)
  • Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy (IPCS)
  • Ruhee Neog (Director, IPCS)
  • Debasish Prusty (Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Brussels)
  • Dr. Florian Schneider (Director, LeidenAsiaCentre)

As the Chatham House Rule applies to this round-table discussion, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the panelist(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. As a matter of confidentiality, photographs, video, or audio recordings as well as all kinds of activities on social media are not allowed during these webinars.


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