Anthony Gardner - China and Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

Seen from China, Europe looks both like a challenging place to invest and a wonderful opportunity at the same time.

Wrapping up an intensive twelve-day business trip to China, it is hard to leave without a sense of awe about the scale, scope and speed of developments in the country. The sense of ambition and destiny shared by the Chinese people is evident even in a limited set of meetings. That stands in stark contrast to the predominant feeling of concern in a fragmented, inward-looking and aging Europe; that concern focuses on the continent’s relative role in the world and its ability to promote, and even preserve, the well-being of its citizens in a slow-growth economy.