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Between Regionalism and World Order: Five Structural Factors in China–Europe Relations to 2025

DAVID KERR

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/9780197264089.003.0017

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Between Regionalism and World Order: Five Structural Factors in China–Europe Relations to 2025

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This chapter examines five structural factors within which the EU–China relationship will operate in the next generation. These are: interdependence and competition in a globalizing world economy; the contrast between European structuralism and Asian organicism; the regionalization of Eurasian security; the contentious politics of Central Eurasia; and the structural contradiction between the US ‘global state’ and the European and Asian ‘region-states’. In putting forward these factors Kerr is echoing the arguments of several other contributors: interdependence and competition; structuralism and organicism; security inter-regionalization; and questions of triangularity. Thus, though open to diverse interpretation, these factors seem to constitute the beginning of an ‘agenda’ in the international politics of EU–China relations.

Keywords: world economy; China; European structuralism; Asian organicism; competition; USA; triangularity

Chapter.  12226 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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