In the first real-time crisis in the history of humankind, the global vaccination process and virus mutations are presenting unresolved challenges. In this prolonged emergency, most countries are reacting by adopting immediate measures and drafting and approving plans. Meanwhile, with the years 2035-2049 in mind, China has just approved its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) and Brussels and Beijing have recently signed the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.
What are the global implications of China’s post-COVID-19 economic re-emergence? How is the Sino-American rivalry likely to unfold and how will it affect Europe? What is the foreseeable future for the Belt and Road Initiative? What do the coming years portend for Chinese and European youth on the basis of bilateral ties and new businesses? What is the best way to enhance multilateralism and combat climate change in the post-COVID-19 era? Why are we not preparing to face grey rhinos and black swans together in the future?