Academic Journals Database
Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

THE EU AND CHINA BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP: LOOKING FOR A FRESH RESTART

ADD TO MY LIST
 
Author(s): Arnaldo M.A. GONÇALVES

Journal: Journal of Comparative Politics
ISSN 1337-7477

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 61;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: China | European Union | Trade | External Relations | Human Rights | International Law | European Law | European Commission

ABSTRACT
The article looks at the EU and China three decade relationship and the challenges and opportunities encouraged by a common view for redesign of the international order according to a multilateral approach and some basic differences. The author analyzed the principal) policy documents approved by the European Commission and the European Council, over the years, looking to extract EU benchmark for this relationship and shows how the Chinese regard the European Union in the context of the PRC’s foreign policy. The article shows that although important bilateral ties lack depth and clarity and that the reciprocal expectations of both actors seem high and unrealistic. Europe is undergoing a process of constitutional redesign where pressures for deeper integration coexist with the will of new Eastern Europe Member-States to reinforce their sovereignty and gain autonomy. China is also going through a process of internal balancing and leadership reshuffle that heading the country towards an uncertain destiny. The author concludes that the European Union and China need to be more realistic on what they pursue with their relationship.
Why do you need a reservation system?      Affiliate Program