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

The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement


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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11 Abbreviations AA Association Agreement ACP Africa Caribbean Pacific ADB Asian Development Bank ADS Approved Destination States APEC Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations ATC Agreement on Textiles and Clothing BAP Bali Action Plan BIT Bilateral Investment Treaty BRIC Brazil Russia India China CCP Common Commercial Policy CEEC Central and Eastern European Countries CEO Chief Executive Officer COHOM Working Party on Human Rights CoP15 Conference of Parties CSO Civil Society Organisation CSR Corporate Social Responsibility DSU Dispute Settlement Understanding EC European Community ECCP European Climate Change Programme ECFR European Council on Foreign Relations ECJ European Court of Justice ECOSOC Economic and Social Council ECT Energy Charter Treaty ECU European Currency Unit EEC European Economic Community EIA European Integration Agreements EIB European Investment Bank EIIA European Integration Investment Agreements EP European Parliament ESDP European Security and Defence Policy ESS European Security Strategy Prospects and Challenges for EU-China Relations in the 21st Century 12 ETS European Emission Trading Scheme EU European Union EUCTP EU-China Trade Project FDI Foreign Direct Investment FOCAC Forum on China Africa Cooperation FTA Free-Trade Agreement G4 Group of Four G7 Group of Seven G8 Group of Eight G20 Group of Twenty G77 Group of Seventy-Seven GATS General Agreement on Trade and Services GATT General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs GDP Gross Domestic Product GE General Electric GHG Green House Gases GLS Global Labour Strategy GNP Gross National Product GSP General System of Preferences HED High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue ICC International Criminal Court ICESCR...

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