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Analysing the EU’s collective securitisation moves towards China

Chen, Xuechen and Gao, Xinchuchu (2022) Analysing the EU’s collective securitisation moves towards China. Asia Europe Journal, 20 (2). 195 - 216. ISSN 1610-2932

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10308-021-00640-4


This research responds to an increasing volume of scholarly literature unpacking the recent dynamics of EU foreign policy discourses and practices vis-à-vis China. Drawing on the theoretical approach of collective securitisation, this article shows that EU foreign policy towards China since the mid-2010s has witnessed increasing collective securitisation moves directed at multiple policy frames, including Asian regional security frame, economic security frame, political security frame and information and technology and cybersecurity frame. The EU’s attempts to securitise China as an existential threat across multiple issue areas have been triggered by a combination of long-term trends and specific sets of precipitating events, which contributed to galvanising the EU’s collective securitising discourses and subsequent policy initiatives. However, this research finds that the EU’s securitising moves and relevant speech acts have not resulted in a coherent audience response among the EU member states. The divergent views held by the EU’s internal audience on whether China should be perceived as an existential threat have hampered the implementation of the EU’s collective policy outputs.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors, under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 15:15
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2023 22:45

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