What are the likely long-term implications of this shift to Asia for the cities and regions of Europe? To just ‘wait and see’ cannot be the response, nor the hope that the attractiveness of Asia will diminish over time and that the economic growth will slow down. Will Europe be able to retain its economic power?
There is a need to think about possible futures for the cities and regions of Europe when industrial production is reduced, when high-tech and bio-tech industries do not compensate for the loss of industrial jobs, when Europe’s supremacy in financial services is eroding, or even when Chinese capital is investing in Europe to exploit the territorial capital of the ‘old’ continent.
China and Europe address the challenges for the cities and regions of Europe that may be the consequences of such development trends. Contributions by policy-makers and academic observers will prepare the ground for debating the dimensions ‘economy’, ‘knowledge and culture’, ‘environment and mobility’, ‘quality of life’, and ‘governance’ of this challenge.
Introduction: China and Europe Klaus R. Kunzmann, Willy Schmid und Martina Schretzenmayr Part A: China: A Challenge for European Policy and Spatial Planning? 1. Pathways Towards a New World Order: China’s Challenge to the European Union John Friedmann 2.The Impact of China’s Development: Is there a need for changing land use and transport policy in Europe? Herbert Kemming 3.Will China's Thirst for Oil Affect Accessibility and Mobility in the Regions and Cities of Europe? Michael Wegener 4. Fear of the east: How the rise of China is being used to rationalize undemocratic and inappropriate planning in Europe John Lovering 5. China and the Future of European Cities Ivan Turok 6. China Inc. and the Future of European Cities: Theatres or Theme Parks? Tridib Banerjee 7. What will become of European Regions? Driving forces, emerging Mega-City Regions, options Alain Thierstein 8. The Implications of the Rise of China as a Global Economic Power for Urban Switzerland Angelo Rossi Part B: Scenarios and strategies for Europe to face the challenges from the East 9. A Sustainable Quality of Life for Europeans in 2031: A Framework for Shaping Policies to Address Major Changes in the Global Operating Environment Simon Miles 10.The Rise of China and the Need for Cross-Border Governance in Europe’s Borderlands Robert Knippschild 11. What kind of spatial planning do we need? An approach based on visioning, action and co-production! Jef Van den Broeck 12. Is the ‘new’ strategic planning suited to coping with the issues of globalization? Louis Albrechts 13. The European House: Museum and Supermarket Achim Prossek 14. PEACE at Odessa Andreas Faludi 15. China’s Ascension and European Cities in 2040 – A Scenario Marco Keiner 16. Hanbao – The Chinese Hamburg in 2035 Thomas Krueger 17. 1950–2050: Sunset and Sunrise over the Eurasian Continent Philippe Doucet