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From Client Status to Strategic Partnership: China's Changing Perceptions of Europe

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/9789888083879.003.0005
From Client Status to               Strategic Partnership: China's Changing Perceptions of Europe

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Europe has had a significant presence in China over the last two centuries and its ideas, ideologies, and institutions contributed greatly to the development of modern China. Chinese perceptions of Europe have evolved over time, ranging from fascination to a more critical appraisal of things European. Although Sino-European ties are largely cordial, they are fraught by a gap of cognition and understanding that places significant pressure on leaders to adapt to a new spirit for conducting mutual affairs. Increasingly, Chinese political and social elites resent being lectured or placated by Europe and they criticise what they perceive to be Europe's undignified treatment of China. Assuming benign expectations of each other is insufficient for both sides to find a constructive basis for their future relationship.

Keywords: History; European presence in China; Diplomacy; Perceptions; Expectations

Chapter.  5388 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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