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China and EU

Reform and Governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Jing Men, Annika Linck


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Reform and governance are of vital interest to both the People’s Republic of China and the European Union (EU). China is facing demographic and environmental challenges and has been experiencing a rapid economic transition. The social tensions arising from these challenges call for a governance system that will allow the Chinese leadership to alleviate social tensions without putting at risk their leadership. A society which is becoming more diverse and facing problems of a global scale that also cause turmoil at the grass roots may be difficult to govern top-down. Notwithstanding the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) grip on Chinese society, there may be ways to integrate public opinion and civil society organisations in governmental decision-making through reforms that do not challenge the current leadership.

The EU, on the other hand, faces the same global challenges with a very different and complex governance system. EU foreign and security policy, thus including EU policy towards China, are governed by the EU’s foreign policy principles, which contain, among others, the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms. How successful can the EU be in advancing these principles when engaging with China, while respecting the Chinese political system? How can the EU and China find common grounds in their governance systems so as to enhance their strategic partnership in order to tackle global issues that need a coordinated approach?

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reform and Governance in the EU and China (Jing Men and Annika Linck)


Chapter 1: ‘Soft Legal Transplants’: EU-China Relations at a Glance (Matthieu Burnay)

Chapter 2: The Role of Local Governance for China’s Political Stability (Anja Senz)

Chapter 3: ‘Good Governance’ and the Role of Civil Society Organisations in Reform Processes and EU-China Diplomatic Relations (Joëlle Hivonnet and Kolja Raube)

Chapter 4: Bilateral and Domestic Dimensions in China’s Approach to ODI Governance (Duncan Freeman)


Chapter 5: China and the EU: Partners or Competitors in Shaping Multilateral and Regional Governance in Asia (Michael Reiterer and Thomas Henökl)

Chapter 6: The EU and China: Partners in Global Economic Governance Reform? (Scott A.W. Brown and Miguel Otero Iglesias)

Chapter 7: The Conundrum of Financial Stability - Central Banks and Currency Management in China, Eurozone and the US? (John Ryan)

Chapter 8: Different Models of Engagement in Africa: A Comparison of the EU’s and China’s Development Policy (Weifang (Florence) Chen and Yanzhuo Xu)

About the Editors

Jing Men is Bailet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations and Director for EU-China Research Centre, IRD, College of Europe, Bruges.

Annika Linck is Research Assistant to the Bailet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations, IRD, College of Europe, Bruges.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World will be an authoritative source of knowledge on Asia studying a variety of cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political, religious, security and social questions, addressed from an Asian perspective. We aim to foster a deeper understanding of the domestic and regional complexities which accompany the dynamic shifts in the global economic, political and security landscape towards Asia and their repercussions for the world at large. We’re looking for scholars and practitioners – Asian and Western alike – from various social science disciplines and fields to engage in testing existing models which explain such dramatic transformation and to formulate new theories that can accommodate the specific political, cultural and developmental context of Asia’s diverse societies. We welcome both monographs and collective volumes which explore the new roles, rights and responsibilities of Asian nations in shaping today’s interconnected and globalized world in their own right.

We are particularly interested in books that demonstrate interdisciplinary and holistic thinking; rigorous and creative research; cross-fertilization of Western and Asian thought; and/or a grass-roots approach.

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which address the following areas:

    • Global Governance in Asia
    • Dispute Resolution in Asia
    • Asia and International Peacekeeping
    • Human Rights in Asia
    • SustainableDevelopment Goals in Asia
    • Religion in Asia

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Studies on Asia in the World, please send a written proposal to the Editor in Chief:

Matthias Vanhullebusch

Series Editors:

Dr. Matthias Vanhullebusch – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Prof. Dr. Ji Weidong– Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Editorial Board:

Prof. Dr. Vinod K. Aggarwal – University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Dr. Jing Men – College of Europe

Prof. Dr. Yaqing Qin– China Foreign Affairs University

Prof. Dr. Javaid Rehman – Brunel University

Prof. Dr. Gurharpal Singh – School of Oriental and African Studies

Prof. Dr. R. Sudarshan – Jindal Global University

Prof. Dr. Nira Wickramasinghe – Leiden University

Prof. Dr. Lanxin Xiang – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Prof. Dr. Simon Young – Hong Kong University 

Professor Danny Quah - National University of Singapore


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies