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Europe in an Asian century: Europe between the superpowers: China and Europe: opportunities or dangers?

Westad, Odd Arne (2012) Europe in an Asian century: Europe between the superpowers: China and Europe: opportunities or dangers? IDEAS reports - special reports, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) (SR013). LSE IDEAS, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Just when parts of the European integration project seem to be in significant amounts of trouble, Chinese leaders are beginning to open their eyes to the need for more in-depth cooperation with both the Union itself and with individual European countries. After years of relative neglect, when China’s main priorities have been the United States, the eastern Asian region, and the main developing economies (roughly in that order), Europe is now coming into fashion for discussion in Beijing, both as opportunity and threat. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that the global financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed have shown how dependent the Chinese economy is on European markets. The second reason is that some Chinese analysts have begun believing that Europe, in spite of its internal instability, may serve as a genuine balancer in international affairs during a period of US decline, helping smooth the transition to a more multipolar world. There are both possibilities and challenges in these perceptions, but there is little doubt that for some time at least China’s interest in Europe will be at an all-time high.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: International History
Asia Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2012 13:58
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2021 23:05

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