EU-China Relations in the Age of Globalization and Regionalization = 全球化與區域化時代的歐盟與中國關係

Wai Ting

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Until the beginning of 2005, the “mood” in EU-China relations was generally optimistic, boasting that a new “Europe-China” axis was in the making, and the
arms embargo might be lifted eventually. During the last five years the relationship between these two powers has been full of controversy and competition, though cooperation remains the main theme. With the change of
leaders in the major European powers, notably the advent to power of Angela Merkel in Germany and Nicholas Sarkozy in France, the lustre that could be found in Europe-China relations during the days of Chirac and Schroeder gradually faded. The new leaders are more critical on the issue of human rights in China, the Tibetan problem etc., and also appear to be more ready to voice their dissatisfaction over the growing trade deficit with China. This paper will focus on whether and how China could play a role in the minds of European policy-makers
in mapping the future of Europe, taking into consideration four contextual factors: the implications of globalization for Europe, regi onalization efforts in Asia, the “peaceful rise” or the subsequent “peaceful development” of China, and multilateralism in Europe-Asia relations. The paper aims to investigate how political leaders in Europe and China think and proceed on the prospects for cooperating with one another, the political implications of their cooperation and conflict over the future international political order, and the difficulties ahead that might interfere with cooperation in various fields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-220
Number of pages40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

User-Defined Keywords

  • globalization
  • regionalization
  • arms embargo
  • multilateralism
  • peaceful development


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