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An Anatomy of European and American Perspectives on China in the International System

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/9789888083879.003.0006
An Anatomy of European and American Perspectives on China in the International System

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Despite the growing quantity of linkages between both sides, EU-China ties remain derivate of relations with the US. The EU and China are not each other's foreign policy priorities. A close analysis of five key 'lenses' of understanding Sino-European affairs reveals the extent to which US interests and alliance commitments mediate, shape, and influence the relationship between Europe and China. The controversy surrounding the attempts to lift the EU's arms embargo on China is a case in point. China's ability to exploit differences among EU member states has been reduced not only by better coordination among the EU but also by the formation of EU-US transatlantic dialogues on the rise of China.

Keywords: Political economy; Globalization; Balance of power; Strategic interests; Human rights

Chapter.  7026 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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