China and the European Union

Edited by Lisheng Dong, Zhengxu Wang, Henk Dekker

© 2013 – Routledge

260 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The European Union is China’s largest trading partner, and Chinese views of the EU are of crucial importance in shaping how the relationship will develop in the future, especially as the new Chinese leadership takes power. This book presents the findings of an extensive research project into the views of both elite groups, in government, business, academia, media and social activists, and the Chinese public towards Europe and the European Union. It considers attitudes on a wide range of subjects, and reaches a number of interesting, encouraging conclusions. These include the fact that as Chinese people’s knowledge of, and travel to, Europe becomes more extensive, Chinese attitudes towards Europe become more positive; that Chinese people have a high regard for European culture and a high degree of trust in Europeans; though there are significant differences between different Chinese groups concerning controversial issues in the China-EU relationship. Overall, the book concludes that the Chinese public opinion supports a strong bilateral relation.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Project Chinese views of the EU Zhengxu Wang, Lisheng Dong and Daniela Stockmann Part 2: Citizens 2. Chinese Views of the EU: An Overview of Survey Findings Li Zhang and Ying Yu 3. Attitudes towards the EU: In search of an explanation Henk Dekker and Jolanda van der Noll 4. Knowledge of the EU brews affects Zhengxu Wang and Bogdan Popescu 5. Chinese Affect towards European Culture Christian Welzel, Stefanie Reher and Timo Graf 6. Chinese Trust in Europeans: Exploring determinants and consequences Jan Delhey and Timo Graf 7. Interest, knowledge, and travel in Chinese View of EU and international Affairs Philip Everts Part 3: Elites and citizens 8. Chinese Elites’ Assessment of the Most Controversial Issues in EU-China Relations Lisheng Dong and Zhou Lüjun 9. Elite and Public views of EU and Europe: A comparison Long Sun 10. Media influence on public opinion about the EU and Europeans Daniela Stockmann 11. History textbooks about Europe: From antagonist to model? Nicola Spakowski 12. Methodology Zhengxu Wang Long Sun and Daniela Stockmann

About the Editors

Lisheng Dong is Professor of Political Science at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Zhengxu Wang is Deputy Director of the China Policy Institute and Lecturer at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, UK.

Henk Dekker is Professor of Political Socialization and Integration at the Graduate School for Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General