Building Digital Mutual Trust between China and Europe – Flash 03 2023

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20 June 2023 | 12:30 - 13:15 EEST | Auditorium A3 | Video recording
Consolidated programme 2023 overview / Flash 3

Session teaser

Welcome to the Flash Session on Building Digital Trust in Cyberspace between China and Europe! In this session, we will explore the challenges and opportunities in fostering a secure and trustworthy digital environment for both regions. With the rapid growth of digital technology, cyber threats have become a global issue that requires international cooperation and coordination. Join us as we delve into the complexities of digital trust building and examine the potential for collaboration between China and Europe. Our session intend to have experts share their insights and perspectives on key issues such as data protection, cybersecurity, and cross-border data flow. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to show your ideas about this crucial topic!

Session description

The ongoing technology conflicts between the US and China have had significant implications for cyber trust and cooperation between China and Europe. In today's digital age, mutual trust in cyberspace is critical for successful collaboration between China and Europe, not only in the ICT sector, but also across economic, political, and cultural domains.

Since the 1980s, companies like Nokia, Ericsson, SAP EPR, Siemens, and European semiconductor manufacturers have played a pivotal role in China's information technology landscape and continue to be key players in critical areas of China's national economy. Similarly, Chinese ICT applications, such as Huawei and ZTE communications equipment, Lenovo's PCs, and ByteDance's TikTok, are increasingly making their presence in Europe. In the world where digital technology is driving global developments, a lack of mutual trust can have severe consequences.

China and Europe must actively work to strengthen digital trust through technological and institutional cooperation. They can set an example for the world by becoming a global model for digital trust through the establishment of exchange and communication mechanisms.

The foundation for digital trust lies in the establishment of robust exchange and communication mechanisms, particularly through academia-based, objective, rational, and theoretically rich in-depth dialogues. We aim to bring together stakeholders like scholars, policymakers, and industry players to engage in discussions on this pertinent and contemporary issue and contribute to the promotion of digital trust globally.


  • Attention-grabbing opening statement or question
  • Brief overview of the session topic or subject matter
  • Main points or key takeaways that will be covered in the session
  • Conclusion

Further reading

Links to relevant websites, declarations, books, documents. Please note we cannot offer web space, so only links to external resources are possible. Example for an external link: Main page of EuroDIG


Key participants:

  • Fei Wu: Qiushi Distinguished Professor; Deputy Director, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University
  • Fang Xingdong: Qiushi Distinguished Professor, Zhejing University; Director, Wuzhen Institute for Digital Civilization
  • Bu Zhong: Professor and inaugural Head of the Department of Interactive Media, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

Video record