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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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Promoting the Deeper Development of China–EU Relations

Promoting the Deeper Development of China–EU Relations

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The International Politics of EU-China Relations


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In order to promote the further deepening of relations, this chapter provides a critical examination of four major issue areas: the nature of strategic partnerships, the particularity of Europe as an international actor, the resolution of the arms embargo issue, and the granting of China's market economy status. Nevertheless, China as a sovereign and unitary actor will still find itself having to negotiate the complexities of the multi-level, multi-mode European relationship, a factor rendered all the more difficult by the enlargement process. The discussion identifies two further obstacles to deepening: the role of the USA in influencing the position of European member states towards the arms embargo; and the question of China's poor governance record on intellectual property rights, which may be the most significant barrier to market economy status.

Keywords:   arms embargo, Europe, strategic partnerships, market economy, intellectual property rights

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