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Prospects and Challenges for EU-China Relations in the 21st Century

The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

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Edited By Jing Men and Giuseppe Balducci

In 25 years, EU-China relations have come far, further than many could have imagined – but how much further can these relations be taken? Today, their bilateral relations are at a crossroads. In effect, it has been 25 years since the EU and China agreed upon the legally binding Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement, which sets the basis for their diplomatic relations. In an ever increasingly complex and globalised international environment, these actors have become mutually interdependent on a variety of levels. In 2007, they agreed to revise and update the 1985 accord and replace it with an all-encompassing Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. However, more than three years passed, and there are many points of contention which need to be negotiated. What obstacles are blocking this agreement? How can these obstacles be overcome? What concessions should be made and where?
This book will provide an up-to-date analysis of the problematic concerns, and the means to resolve these issues, that range from human rights, to international trade conflicts and climate change.

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7 Acknowledgements Since September 2008, funded by the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund, the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China relations has been established at the College of Europe. With the support of the Rector of the college, Prof. Dr. Paul Demaret, of the dean of IRD, Prof. Dr. Dieter Mahncke, and of our colleagues Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Gstoehl, Sabine Dekeyser, and Anne-Claire Marangoni, we organised successfully the first international conference on EU-China relations at the College of Europe in April 2009: “Prospects and Challenges for EU-China Relations in the 21st century: The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.” The editors would like to thank the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund for its financial support to the workshop and the above mentioned professors and colleagues for their great support and help. This book is composed of papers selected from those submitted and discussed at the workshop. As Mr. Giuseppe Balducci does not work for the College of Europe anymore since September 2009, most of the editing task has been overtaken by Benjamin Barton. Thus, the editors would like to give their heartfelt thanks to him for his great contribution to the editing of the book.

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