1st Edition

China-Europe Relations Perceptions, Policies and Prospects

Edited By David Shambaugh, Eberhard Sandschneider, Zhou Hong Copyright 2008
    368 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fast-developing relationship between China and Europe has become one of the most important in international affairs. China-Europe Relations takes an innovative and insightful look at this phenomenon, examining:

    • the state of Chinese studies in Europe and European studies in China
    • the decision-making behind the EU’s China policy, and what the Chinese perceptions and assessments are of Europe that shape China’s Europe policy
    • the recent rapid growth of bilateral commercial and technological relations
    • the global context of the bilateral Sino-European relationship, in particular the interaction of China, the EU, and the United States
    • prospects for the future evolution of these relationships.

    The most systematic and comprehensive study on the subject to date, written by a stellar team of international contributors from China, Europe and the US, China-Europe Relations will appeal to students, academics and policy makers alike who are interested in international relations, comparative foreign policy and Chinese and European politics.

    Part 1: Introduction  1. Introduction  Part 2: Historical Context  2. The Sino-European Encounter: Historical Influences on Contemporary Relations  Part 3: Europe’s Approaches to China  3. Chinese Studies in Europe  4. It’s the System that Matters: Institutionalization and Making EU Policy Towards China  5. The Taiwan Issue in China-Europe Relations: An Irritant More than Leverage  Part 4: China’s Approaches to Europe  6. European Studies in China  7. China Eyes Europe’s Role in the World: Real Convergence or Cognitive Dissonance?  8. Chinese Perceptions of the EU and the Sino-European Relationship  9. China’s View of European Integration and Enlargemen  Part 5: China-Europe Commercial Relations  10. Europe’s Commercial Relations with China  11. China’s Commercial Relations with Europe  Part 6: China & Europe in a Global Context  12. The EU and China in the Global System  13. The United States and the China-Europe Relationship  14. China-EU-U.S. Relations: Shaping a Constructive Future  Part 7: Conclusion & Outlook  15. China-Europe Relations and World Order


    David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

    Eberhard Sandschneider has been Otto-Wolff-Director of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since 2003.

    Zhou Hong is Professor of European Politics and Modern History, and Director of the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).