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Challenges and Opportunities in EU-China Relations

Edited by Roland Vogt

in Europe and China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083879
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.003.0002
Challenges and Opportunities in EU-China Relations

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EU-China ties have evolved from the early tentative contacts in the late 1970s to a full-blown 'strategic partnership.' But doubt needs to be cast on the foundations of this relationship: what are the mutual interests and how strategic are they? In fact, EU-China ties are in a transitional period. Gone is the early ignorance and exuberance and now a more pragmatic tone has set in. Europe and China have struggled to define their growing global roles and their positions vis-�is each other. The outcome has been that China has tended to overestimate the EU and what it can deliver for a future multipolar order.

Keywords: Evolution; Strategic partnership; Transitional period; Interests; Pragmatism

Chapter.  7058 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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