For the “Wallonia Export Days” organized by the Walloon Export Agency on June 4-5 2018 in Louvain-la-Neuve, I made a presentation about the challenges of the new Silk Roads to an audience made of Belgian entrepreneurs and export experts.
I insisted on the fact that the new Silk Roads are not just railroads connected China to Europe. I called on European companies to seize opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road initiative” in all states involved in this programme.
The new infrastructure will create development in many parts of Asia and Africa. The AWEX agency has understood the importance of this initiative for Walloon companies.
I was invited to make a presentation about the contributions of free trade zones to China’s new Silk routes for WFZO (World Free Zones Organization), 4th conference, Dubai du April 27 to May 1st 2018.
I encouraged WFZO members to further their involvement involved in the “Belt and Road” initiative.
Interview given to ABC News about China’s consulate in French Polynesia. On April 26, I answered to Catherine Graue’s questions about the possible illegal occupation of a mansion in Papeete by the Chinese consulate for “Pacific Beat”.
In this interview, I explained China’s investment strategy in Tahiti.
Full interview available here.
On March 16, 2018, I gave a lecture at a workshop organized by Master students in international relations at the law center of Lyon University III. My presentation focused on China’s as a world environmental leaders.
Students made a very good job and questions were interesting.
The workshop’s programme can be found here.
I recently wrote a small article on French president’s visit to China and his ambitions to become China’s privliged interlocutor on the Belt and Road initiaitve in Europe. It is the good time now for France to seize this opportunity!
Goulard, Sébastien (2018), “Chine – France : le président Macron un interlocuteur privilégié sur les nouvelles routes de la Soie” (China-France: President Macron a privileged interlocutor on the new Silk Roads), Asie Pacifique News, February 28, accessed at https://asiepacifique.fr/chine-france-le-president-macron-nouvelles-routes-de-la-soie-obor/.
In early January 2018, president Macron made an official visit to China. The French president wanted France to be involved in China’s new Silk roads to become China’s leading interlocutor in Europe, and support innovation. France and China may cooperate on green developement.
I wrote a small article about this subject in TheDiplomat.
Goulard, Sebastien (2018), “France and China’s Green Silk Roads”, The Diplomat, January 13, accessed at https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/france-and-chinas-green-silk-roads/.
In 2017, Shenzhen authorities decided to go electric. Only electric buses will now operate in China’s most innovative city.
I was interviewed by a reporter from Liberation, a French Newspaper to analyse this decision.
Ernoult, Marine (2018), “En Chine, des bus électriques pas si propres” (In China, some not so clean electric buses”, Liberation, 10 January, accessed at http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/01/10/en-chine-des-bus-electriques-pas-si-propres_1621272.
ISEMAR is France-based Higher Institute of Maritime Economics. Its offers expertise in topics related to maritime transport, ports and naval industry.
In the briefing note no.195, I present China’s current trade policies, especially the “Made China 2025” and the “Belt and Road Initiative”. I explained how these two policies will have a strong impact on world trade and maritime transportation.
Goulard, Sébasten (2017), “Les nouvelles stratégies commerciales de la Chine” (China’s new trade strategies), ISEMAR Briefing note no.195, December, accessed at https://www.isemar.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/note-de-synthèse-195-Les-nouvelles-stratégies-commerciales-de-la-Chine.pdf.
Sebastien Goulard attended the China Construction 4.0 forum that was held in Changsha, in the Chinese province of Hunan.
Sebastien made a presentation entitled “Belt and Road Cooperation in City Construction Area”; this presentation exposed the housing challenges that most regions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” have to address.
This conference was part of the “Prefabricated Building and Construction Technology Expo 2017″, organised by Changsha and Hunan authorities.
2017, ‘Belt and Road” Cooperation in City Construction Area’, November 28, China Construction 4.0 International Innovation Forum, Changsha.
On September 25-26, 2017, the AFCDUD (Association Franco-Chinoise du Développement Urbain Durable, French-Chinese Association for Sustainable Urban Development) organised the 9th FCPAE Europe Forum in Issy-Les Moulineaux near Paris. Sebastien Goulard made a presentation on the reasons why Europe and France have to get involved in China’s Belt and Road initiative.
Goulard, S, 2017, ‘Europe, France and the Belt and Road Initiative’, September 25, 9th FCPAE Europe Forum, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris.