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The EU and China: Partners in Effective Multilateralism?

LISELOTTE ODGAARD and SVEN BISCOP

in The International Politics of EU-China Relations

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264089
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264089.003.0004

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

The EU and China: Partners in Effective Multilateralism?

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This chapter considers the EU's ambition to enmesh China in a system of effective multilateralism in pursuit of global public goods. It notes that China's position on both multilateralism and universal goods to be contingent: China favours these engagements and goals to the extent that they restrain and commit others, but is much more conservative if they require restraint or commitment on its own part. China's reservations derive mostly from the behaviour of the United States: if the world's predominant military and economic power is a contingent multilateralist, can the rising power of China do otherwise? Until there is more evidence to the contrary, this chapter concludes that China's commitment to multilateralism cannot form a ‘reliable basis for long-term EU policy planning towards China’.

Keywords: China; universal goods; effective multilateralism; United States; EU policy planning

Chapter.  9932 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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