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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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9 Contents Acknowledgements ................................................................................ 7 Abbreviations ....................................................................................... 11 Foreword .............................................................................................. 15 Pierre Defraigne INTRODUCTION EU-China Relations in the 21st Century ............................................ 21 Jing Men & Giuseppe Balducci CHAPTER 1 EU-China Relations in a New World Order. Status, Dynamics, Scenarios ............................................................... 33 Andrew Cottey & Joern-Carsten Gottwald CHAPTER 2 The Current Legal Foundation and Prospective Legal Framework of the PCA ................................. 53 Kim Van Der Borght & Lei Zhang CHAPTER 3 The European Model of CSR and Labour Standards in China ......................................................... 81 Frauke S. Austermann CHAPTER 4 EU-China Trade and the Future PCA. Intellectual Property Rights and Investments ................................ 103 Antoine Sautenet CHAPTER 5 EU-China Investment Promotion and Protection Rules ................ 129 Nayia Pyridi 10 CHAPTER 6 The Evolution of EU Trade Policy towards China. The Case of Textiles and Clothing ................................................... 151 Jappe Eckhardt CHAPTER 7 The EU-China Partnership. Forging a New Space on Global Climate Change ........................... 173 Edward Cameron & Hilary McMahon CHAPTER 8 The EU, China and Human Rights. Normative Partnership or Antagonism in Disguise? ...................... 197 Katrin Kinzelbach CHAPTER 9 The Significance of the PCA in Sino-European Relations. A Step Forward or a Stumbling Block? .......................................... 217 Carmen Amado Mendes Bibliography ....................................................................................... 243 About the Authors ............................................................................. 259

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