China and the Mediterranean Region: an evolving relationship

The international symposium on the evolution of China’s role in the Mediterranean region was held on the 28th of October 2019 at the Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi (Piazza del Grillo 1) in Rome.  The event titled ChinaMed Symposium 2019 – China’s New Role in the Wider Mediterranean Region, organised by ChinaMed and produced with the fundamental contribution of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, was attended by a large group of experts from China and a number of Mediterranean countries and saw the presentation of a report analysing the latest dynamics on this theme.

Speaking of the project Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, affirmed,“In recent years the economic and commercial rise of China has had an enormous influence on the volume of maritime trade between Asia and the European markets.  This in turn transformed the Mediterranean into a trade hub to the point where Chinese President Xi Jinping has selected the region for a role of primary importance within the strategic plan for European-Asian interconnection entitled the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI)

If, as we all hope will be the case, China’s position proves to be one of openness and pluralism, with the effective aim of involving the countries of the West and the Mediterranean on an equal footing, then the BRI will provide everyone with an opportunity for growth.  In that case, initiatives such as the ChinaMed Project, and the major annual international symposium that it encompasses, will undoubtedly play an indispensable role in the relationship between the various players.

The symposium was a closed-door event, held under the Chatham House Rule, for a select group of experts.