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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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259 About the Authors Carmen AMADO MENDES is Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra, and Board member of the European Association for Chinese Studies and of the Portuguese Political Science Association. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her Master degree from the Institut des hautes études européennes, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg. Her fields of research focus on China’s foreign policy, EU-China relations and Macau. Frauke AUSTERMANN holds a position as Junior Lecturer in European Studies at Maastricht University (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Department of Political Science). Here, she teaches a variety of courses in the BA and MA programmes, such as History and Theory of European Integration, Comparative Politics and Government, or Euro- pean Social Policy. Her research interests include European social and employment policy, international/comparative employment relations, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility. For her Ph.D. project, Frauke has taken a broader approach, by researching why and how the EU’s changing perception of China has differed across EU institutions from 1975 until today. Giuseppe BALDUCCI is Programme Officer for the Italian Devel- opment Cooperation Office in Afghanistan. He is a former Research Assistant of the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations at the College of Europe. He is also a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His main research interests include EU-China relations and Asian politics. His publications...

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