An essential partner in the background. Europe in China's policy during the rule of Xi Jinping

Kaczmarski, M. (2016) An essential partner in the background. Europe in China's policy during the rule of Xi Jinping. Discussion Paper. Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw.

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Chinese elites do not treat Europe as an equal partner and are convinced that China holds the upper hand over Europe. They see a growing asymmetry in bilateral relations. China’s sense of its own potential is boosted by internal divisions within the European Union. At the same time, Europe is China’s key economic partner and an ‘economic pillar’ supporting China’s growth on the international stage. Beijing strives to maintain Europe’s open attitude towards the Chinese economy, in particular its exports, technology transfer to China, location of investments and diversification of China’s currency reserves. Cooperation with Europe and support from Europe are necessary to enable China to improve its position in the international economic and financial system, mainly in order to legitimise China’s actions in the area of multilateralism and global governance. Similarly, Beijing attaches great importance to maintaining Europe’s non-involvement in two issues: China’s core interests and Chinese-American relations.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information:OSW Studies Number 56.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kaczmarski, Dr Marcin
Authors: Kaczmarski, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Publisher:Centre for Eastern Studies

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