Contrast in the Security Concepts of China and the EU: The Perspective of a PLA Officer


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

Contrast in the Security Concepts of China and the EU: The Perspective of a PLA Officer

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This chapter presents the perspectives of officers in the People's Liberation Army (PLA). It provides an analytical review of the two security concepts that have emerged in response to the post Cold War order. It holds that China's security policy is designed first and foremost to safeguard the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of the nation under the paradoxical conditions of globalization. Although recognizing the mutuality of security, the purpose of China's policy is to gain other actors' support for the defence of China's sovereign interests. The EU's core interests are defined in terms of ‘a stronger international society, well functioning international institutions and a rule-based international order’. This also recognizes the mutuality of security but does not place sovereignty as the absolute good: if international society, institutions, and order require the mitigation of sovereignty, then Europeans will accept it.

Keywords: PLA; Cold War; international society; globalization; mutual security; sovereignty

Chapter.  6677 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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