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The International Politics of EU-China Relations$
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David Kerr and Liu Fei

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264089

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264089.001.0001

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East Asian Stability and Security: The Roles and Responsibilities of the EU

East Asian Stability and Security: The Roles and Responsibilities of the EU

(p.259) 13 East Asian Stability and Security: The Roles and Responsibilities of the EU
The International Politics of EU-China Relations


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This chapter notes that the EU's external policy, like China's, is most strongly focused on its near abroad, but that it adopts an increasingly global perspective, something evidenced in its strategic dialogue process. It then examines five issue areas that have arisen in the EU–China interaction — the Korean peninsula, Iran, Aceh, the Regional Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and cross-Strait relations. Describing the quality and openness of dialogue in these areas as excellent, the discussion nevertheless notes the EU's disappointment at Chinese reluctance to commit more fully to the transparency on which regional confidence-building measures must be founded. It concludes by arguing that the EU's contribution to Asian stability is as much about influencing how its partners act in the world, including in East Asia, as about its direct involvement.

Keywords:   strategic dialogue, EU, East Asia, Korean peninsula, Iran, Aceh, transparency

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