What Drives the EU’s Contemporary Strategic Engagement with China?

16 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2015 Last revised: 31 Aug 2020

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Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Natalia Wyzycka

College of Europe, Natolin

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This article discusses the main determinants of the European Union’s strategic engagement with China with reference to three competing analytical explanations: institutional, socio-cultural, and agency and stakeholder. The article examines the utility of each explanation, and outlines complementary variables amongst them, with the aid of evidence from long-standing points of interaction between the EU and China. These include, the EU’s arms embargo with China, EU-China competition in Africa, and the EU’s position on designating market economy status to China. The findings can reduce the misunderstandings and uncertainties embedded in the contemporary EU-China relationship.

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

Suggested Citation

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

Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Canada

Natalia Wyzycka

College of Europe, Natolin ( email )

Natolin
Poland

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