Journal article

China-Europe relations: The limits of strategic partnership

Pradeep Taneja

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

The China-European Union (EU) relationship has grown rapidly over the past three decades with international trade being its mainstay. China and the EU also share a number of common strategic interests and positions. To maximize the potential of this relationship, both sides decided to build a comprehensive strategic partnership. However, serious differences remain between the two sides on questions of norms and values, delaying progress on a strategic framework. This article argues that while these differences constitute a serious obstacle to the realization of a genuine strategic partnership, the growing importance of trade and investment relations between China and the EU will cushion the ..

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