1st Edition

The European Union and China’s Belt and Road
Impact, Engagement and Competition

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ISBN 9780367422905
July 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores key elements of EU engagement with the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), drawing on the expertise of leading practitioners and scholars of EU-China relations.

Under the theme of discerning the BRI and its nexus with the EU, chapters examine the nature of the BRI as China’s approach to global governance and consider how BRI intersects with the EU as a very different regional integration project. Under the theme of BRI factors in EU law and policy, chapters examine the BRI as a factor in specific domains of EU law and policy, including investment, finance, the environment and the COVID-19 pandemic, and consider EU responses. Under the theme of EU Member State experiences, chapters present a series of case studies of individual Member States, their engagement with the BRI and ongoing policy debates.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of International Relations, EU external relations, Chinese public policy and foreign relations, European studies and security studies as well as policymakers dealing with China in EU and Member State institutions.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Thanos Dokos

Part 1: Introduction

1. Introduction: The Belt and Road and EU International Relations Policy and Law

Vassilis Ntousas and Stephen Minas

Part 2: Discerning the BRI and its Intersections with the European Union

2. The Belt and Road Initiative as China’s Approach to Global Governance: Implications for China-EU Relations and Economic Cooperation

Yun ZHAO and Hui CHEN

3. EU-China Diplomacy and the Belt and Road Initiative

Jing MEN

4. The BRI Kaleidoscope: European Legal Pluralism and BRI Soft Law

Francis Snyder

5. The Belt and Road in the Single Market: Towards an EU legal infrastructure to address the regulatory implications

Steven Blockmans and Weinian Hu

Part 3: Belt and Road Factors in EU Law and Policy

6. Sino-European Financial Linkages Underpinning BRI Projects in Europe

Jens Bastian

7. The Belt and Road Initiative and State-Owned Enterprises: Is it Time for Reform of the EU Merger Control?

Alexandr Svetlicinii

8. EU-China Cooperation on Promoting Sustainable Development under the Belt and Road Initiative: Consensus Built on Divergence

Xueji SU

9. COVID-19 and EU-China Relations

Mario Esteban and Ugo Armanini

Part 4: EU Member State Experiences and Debates

10. France, China and the BRI: The challenge of conditional engagement

Françoise Nicolas

11. Between Commerce and Geopolitics: Is there a German China strategy?

Stefan Mair and Ferdinand Schaff

12. Greece between Crisis, Opportunity and Risk as a Key BRI Node

Dimitris Kokoromytis and Angelos Chryssogelos

13. Italy’s Embrace of BRI and the Role of Internal Political Dynamics

Alessia Amighini

14. China and the Belt and Road Initiative in Europe: The Case of Portugal

Laura C. Ferreira Pereira and Paulo Afonso B. Duarte

Part 5: Conclusion

15. Conclusion: The EU’s Belt and Road Challenge: Coherence, consolidation and connectivity

Vassilis Ntousas and Stephen Minas

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Vassilis Ntousas is Senior International Relations Policy Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and an Academy Associate at Chatham House.

Stephen Minas is Associate Professor of Law at the School of Transnational Law, Peking University, China, and Senior Research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute, King's College London, UK.