What Drives Contemporary EU-China Strategic Engagement?

16 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2015 Last revised: 19 Nov 2017

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Natalia Wyzycka

College of Europe, Natolin

Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This study examines the determinants of the European Union’s strategic engagement with China, with reference to three competing analytical approaches: institutional, social, and agency/stakeholder. The article examines the utility of each claim and outlines complementary variables amongst the three approaches, with the aid of recent evidence looking at the E.U.’s arms embargo on China, E.U.-China engagement in Africa, and the E.U.’s longstanding dispute on granting China market economy status. The findings can reduce the misunderstandings and uncertainties embedded in European Union-China interactions by demystifying the factors and variables that drive their relationship.

Keywords: European Union, China, strategic engagement, norms, arms embargo, Africa, market economy status

Suggested Citation

Wyzycka, Natalia and Hasmath, Reza, What Drives Contemporary EU-China Strategic Engagement? (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2636135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2636135

Natalia Wyzycka

College of Europe, Natolin ( email )

Natolin
Poland

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

10-16 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

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