Intergovernmentalism and China–EU Relations


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:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Intergovernmentalism and China–EU Relations

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This chapter examines the ongoing tensions between intergovernmentalism and communitarization in European policy-making, especially its external relations. It finds that there is an important third dimension to China–Europe relations — the role of civil society, business, and scholarship — but China predominantly finds itself having to negotiate in the uncertain waters that exist between the EU institutions and the national interests of member states. This is all the more the case because not all powers contribute equally to Europe's relations with China. The ‘Big Three’ — France, the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany — in particular view external relations in the context of their international roles, including in relation to the USA. As a result, though movement towards a communitarized China policy will continue, China would do well to pay most attention to the continued centrality of intergovernmentalism.

Keywords: intergovernmentalism; communitarization; civil society; USA; European relations; UK; Germany; France

Chapter.  4455 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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