With populism and nationalism on the rise – and following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States (US) – the EU and its international partners may need to rethink collective security and global trade structures, noted Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe.

Friends of Europe’s meeting, “Europe, China, and Africa: New thinking for a secure century,” brought together policymakers and experts to discuss the way forward for China-EU cooperation on the African continent.

“If we consider Africa’s vast development needs, it is clear that international collaboration is essential and compelling,” said moderator Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe. “We need to work together to bring peace and security to the continent.”

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