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Palgrave Macmillan

China and the EU in Context

Insights for Business and Investors

ISBN 9781137352385
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

China and the EU in Context brings together the research of world-class commentators on China from across Europe to explore the economic, political, investment, and trade relations between China and the EU. Brown provides a comprehensive overview to explain the key challenges currently facing those who are seeking to work with the Chinese or in China. Written for senior executives and investors, this accessible book shows how to relate to China practically and understand the internal dynamics for business purposes, exploring themes including investment, social unrest, and China's five-year program.

Kerry Brown is Executive Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney. He leads the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), funded by the European Commission. He is an Associate Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Educated at Cambridge, London and Leeds Universities, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. He worked in the China Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005. He is the author of over ten books on China, the latest of which is The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in Modern China, and Editor in Chief of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography.

Introduction: The EU and China in context - Trade, culture, human rights and politics; Prof Kerry Brown

1. Chinese Investment in the European Union; Prof Jeremy Clegg and Dr Hinrich Voss

2. Chinese Investment in the Greater Europe Zone; Dr Thierry Apoteker

3. China, the EU and China's 12th Five Year Programme; Prof Robert Ash, Prof Robin Porter, Prof Tim Summers

4. China's Rulers: The Fifth Generation Takes Power; Dr Michael Dillon

5. Social Unrest in China; Dr Lynette Ong and Dr Christian Goebel

6. China, the US and the EU: The Hopes for Multilateralism; Dr Bates Gill and Andrew Small

7 Migration from China into the EU: The Challenge within Europe; Kevin Latham and Bin Wu

Conclusions; Prof Kerry Brown

Prof Jeremy Clegg
Dr Hinrich Voss
Dr Thierry Apoteker
Prof Robert Ash
Prof Robin Porter
Prof Tim Summers
Dr Michael Dillon
Dr Lynette Ong
Dr Christian Goebel
Dr Bates Gill
Andrew Small
Prof David Norse
Dr Yuelai Lu
Prof Jikun Huang
Dr Kevin Latham
Dr Bin Wu


'EU-China relations are of the utmost importance, economically, socially and politically. As China continues its astonishing developmental trajectory, its relationship with the EU as a whole and with individual member states, will continue to intensify in these and other areas such as migration, non-traditional security and the environment. It is imperative that books like this one, bringing together experts and perspectives from many different fields, are available to inform our debates and discourses on how best to develop our relationship with China. This collection of essays is a significant contribution to our understanding of the issues and opportunities that constitute EU-China relations.' - Dr Jonathan Sullivan, Associate Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies; Deputy Director, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham
'The excellent contributions to this volume will help readers to get a detailed and deep understanding of the fundamental role that China has reached in its relations with the European Union and with the United States, including the challenging policies of investment in strategic sectors, and how the foreign policy has implications with the delicate issue of the domestic stability.'-Davide Cucino, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC)
'A great book on the crucial and constantly evolving EU-China relationship. This book contains an excellent collection of papers written under the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN). Led by Dr. Kerry Brown, ECRAN has brought together a wide group of 250 of the world's leading sinologists from across the EU Member States in order to deepen the understanding on a complex web of issues relating to the EU-China relationship and to provide suggestions on how to take it forward. The ECRAN network gives an independent point of view and offer an important contribution in the shaping of EU's China policy. I am delighted to see that ECRAN is actively cultivating a new generation of European scholars with China expertise. The papers in this volume reflect a wide specter of opinions; taken together they provide an excellent overview of many of the dilemmas which EU is facing when working with a rapidly changing partner.'
-Franz Jessen, EU Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam; Former Head of the China Unit, European External Action Service
'Europe's engagement with China is a two-way process – there is both an urgent need to understand what is happening in China better as well as to comprehend exactly what Chinese investment in Europe means. These enlightening papers provide an excellent overview of the current pressure points and 'hot topics' of our fast evolving relationship.' -Paul French, Author
'The book is an essential guide to how the EU and China have gone about reshaping their political and economic model in the past few years. Like no other publication, it evidences the scale of joint interaction and the interplay of mutual interests, pointing to key challenges ahead.'-Pawel Swieboda, President, demosEUROPA
'The authors of China and the EU in Context know their stuff and it is a must read for those who want to know what China does in Europe in terms of business and investments, who, where and why they emigrated from China to the EU and what recent political, economic and foreign policy trends and developments in China mean for political and economic relations with the EU. To be sure, there is not much to go wrong in terms of solid research and analysis on Chinese domestic and foreign policies and its relations with Brussels with scholars such as Robert Ash, Robin Porter, Bates Bill and Andrew Small taking care of that.'-Axel Berkofsky, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia
'Both China and the EU are polities undergoing profound shifts in the early 21st century. This volume of essays is a superb contribution to understanding this most important, yet under-studied relationship. The authors use a wide range of Chinese and western sources to reach important, and at times provocative, conclusions that help us to understand EU-China relations now and in the years to come.'-Rana Mitter, Director, University China Centre, University of Oxford
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