1st Edition

China-EU Relations in a New Era of Global Transformation

Edited By Li Xing Copyright 2021
    310 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book draws together leading experts to examine the key issues in China-EU relations.

    China-EU relations are increasingly complex and affected by a number of inter-related factors, such as China’s global rise, growing China-US strategic competition, US global withdrawal, the transatlantic split, the China-Russia comprehensive "alliance," and Brexit. The book highlights the struggles of both China and the EU to look for a dynamic and durable mode of engagement in an attempt to achieve the balance between opportunities and challenges, and between partnership and rivalry. International contributors explore how to conceptualise China-EU relations and identify their differences and commonalities such as the EU’s role in China’s foreign policy process and how the EU works with China as a strategic partner. Finally, it analyses China’s and the EU’s perceptions of their own present and future roles.

    Shedding light on the perspectives of understanding and change in China-EU relations and its impact on multilateralism, it will appeal to researchers and professionals working in International Relations, International Political Economy and area studies who are interested in the rise of emerging powers and the changing world order.

    China-EU Relations at a Crossroads: "Systemic Rivalry" or "Strategic Partnership"?

    Li Xing

    2 Europe-China and the Third Way: Steering Order in Times of Change. Evidence from the AIIB and WTO reform

    Anna Caffarena and Giuseppe Gabusi

    3 Not Getting It’s Act Together? The European Union's Policy towards China

    Søren Dosenrode

    4 China and the EU: Convergence through Multilateralism

    Feng Yuan

    5 The Russian Energy and Climate Nexus and the Sino-Russian Relationship

    Mette Skak

    6 The EU’s Struggle of "Standing in Two Boats": The Dual Complexity of the Belt and Road in China-EU Relations

    Li Xing

    7 One Belt, Multiple Roads: Moscow and Rome in China's Geo-economic Calculations

    Igor Denisov and Elena Maslova

    8 The Ideational Impact of China's Belt and Road in Europe: Cooperation and Competition as Pathways of Principle-Diffusion

    Anastas Vangeli

    9 The Evolving Role of the EU in Intensifying Great Power Politics in the Arctic – Potential Implications for EU-China Relations

    Camilla T. N. Sørensen

    10 European-Russian-Chinese Arctic Energy System

    Mariia Kobzeva and Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen

    11 China and Central and Eastern Europe: The Case of the Baltic States

    Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik and Tomasz Stępniewski

    12 EU and China’s Strategic Partnership on the Blue Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

    Malayna Raftopoulos and Anita Nissen

    13 China-EU Economic Relations, Where to Go? Implications from a Longitudinal Case Study of International Acquisition

    Wang Daojuan and Wu Juan

    14 The Role of Culture in Order-building: Lessons from China’s Engagement on the Borders of the EU

    Jelena Gledić

    15 Framing Chinese Tourism in Europe: Golden Geese or Gaggles?

    Karina M. Smed and Ane Bislev


    Li Xing is a Professor in Research Center on Development and International Relations, Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University, Denmark.