EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century
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Online sources about western engagement with China (1978-), with a focus on trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century
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Cultural exchange is 'irreplaceable' in China-EU relations | The Parliament Magazine

Cultural exchange is 'irreplaceable' in China-EU relations | The Parliament Magazine | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Cultural #exchange is 'irreplaceable' in China-EU relations - http://t.co/JCnEp2sMod #GoogleAlerts
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CPI Blog | Citizen diplomacy as the bedrock of EU-China relations

CPI Blog | Citizen diplomacy as the bedrock of EU-China relations | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it
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Though the EU and China have signed a Strategic Partnership agreement foreign policy analysts qualify its results as “rather disappointing” and point “to the rising disputes within a context of a shifting balance of power”. Some of the reasons for the disappointing performance of the rather young Strategic Partnership up to now refer not only to policy cooperation but to broader societal dimensions as well: a low level of trust between the respective political elites as well as between both societies, the “conceptual gaps” of a shared, mutual understanding and partly diverging cultural values due to different historical journeys and positioning in the international system. We are convinced that citizen diplomacy has to make essential contributions to generate intercultural trust and develop a deeper mutual understanding including shared but differentiated narratives of global and bilateral issues. [Read more by following the link above]

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CPI Blog | What does China’s new White Paper on Aid need to say?

CPI Blog | What does China’s new White Paper on Aid need to say? | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it

China is now one of the top 10 largest foreign aid donors in the world. Yet, much about its aid program is still shrouded in mystery. The release of the first white paper on China’s foreign aid in April 2011 was an important first step in China becoming more open about how its spends its aid. With the much-awaited second white paper due to be published soon, there are hopes and expectations of even greater transparency. This time round, it won’t suffice for Beijing to simply regurgitate old slogans or display aggregate data.

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Toward a new EU-China citizen diplomacy | chinadaily.com.cn

Toward a new EU-China citizen diplomacy | chinadaily.com.cn | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it
In February 2012, the EU and the Chinese government introduced the EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue. Tagged "the third pillar" of the EU-China dialogue architecture (in addition to the political and economic strands), it is designed to strengthen people-to-people exchanges, identify opportunities for cooperation and foster a greater understanding between the EU and China.
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In this op-ed I call for the establishment of an EU-China People-to-People Dialogue Support Facility in 2014. More than just a talking shop, it should seek concrete action and provide funding for follow-up activities. It would run from 2015 until 2020 and would need sufficient resources to implement a minimum of 20 dialogue forums and 10 study tours in Europe and China. This would require a budget of 5 million to 8 million euros.

The P2PDSF could be given a remit to promote grassroots-level dialogue in the fields of education, environment, culture, civil society, public sector reform, disability, gender and LGBT, and youth.

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Solar Panels and their Effect on European Views of China | The China Story

Solar Panels and their Effect on European Views of China | The China Story | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it

In mid-2012, a long-running dispute between the European Union (EU) and China over alleged dumping of Chinese solar panels into the European market threatened to darken relations and escalate into a multi-sector trade war.

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Effects of the debt crisis on the EU-China relations

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The EU and China -- Antonio Parenti, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Antonio Parenti, the Deputy Head of Unit at the Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission, tells the 'EU and China: The Balance Sheet' event at Chat...
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Maneuvering the Third Way

Maneuvering the Third Way | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it

How the West can best engage China’s new generation of reformers.

 

Neither pro-establishment intellectuals nor anti-establishment protesters possess sufficient clout to convince party cadres that democratic reform in China is a necessity, leaving the West unsure whom to support. Yet a growing if disparate group of “trans-establishment” reformers, successfully navigating the delicate balancing act between party-state ties and sympathy for civil society, may prove a winning bet.

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Flirting with Beijing

Flirting with Beijing | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it

While EU leaders struggle with the eurozone crisis, China focuses its attention on Germany.    

 

Chancellor Merkel, with a big delegation in tow, is on another government consultation in Beijing, the second trip to China this year. With German exports to China rising, Chinese investments in Germany growing, and Germany's European partners struggling - European nerves are unsettled by this Berlin-Beijing courtship.

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Promoting Participatory Development in the People's Republic of China. A Case Study of Sino-German Development Cooperation (2003-2006)

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Who’s Afraid of BRICS?

Who’s Afraid of BRICS? | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it

Can Europe deal with the emerging global powers?

 

Should the Europeans fear the growing influence of the BRICS power consortium? Europe's normative and strategic influence over the rising powers is minimal. But the BRICS rise does not have to force a decline in the Union's global stature. Europe’s economic future is significantly tied to the development of these countries and the EU needs to use the assets it does have to engage Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

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China Policy Institute Blog » Perspectives on CEE-China Cooperation

China Policy Institute Blog » Perspectives on CEE-China Cooperation | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it
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There is a common perception that China’s policy towards the European Union is largely based on bilateral relations with member states. Relations between Beijing and Brussels are centred around the EU-China Summits and a strategic partnership agreement signed between the two sides in 2003. However China’s new 16+1 initiative aimed at Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries has caught the attention of the very institutions that the initiative bypassed. Why might this formula be an interesting case study? What intentions lie behind the scenes? To what extent may China play a constructive/deconstructive role in the region? Moreover, from the EU’s foreign policy perspective, should China’s activities in its eastern neighbourhood be more closely watched?

 

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http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinapolicyinstitute/2014/10/03/a-multifold-perspective-on-cee-china-cooperation/

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China's Policy Paper on the EU: Deepen the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Mutual Benefit and Win-win Cooperation

China's Policy Paper on the EU: Deepen the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Mutual Benefit and Win-win Cooperation | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it
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This new policy document on EU-China relations was published by  the Chinese Ministry of Foreign in April 2014. 

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The EU-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue: why it is important and how to make it work | CPI Policy Paper 2013: No 5

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China: who is in charge? | openDemocracy

China's policy incoherence has disturbing echoes of the prelude to Europe's great war in 1914, says Kerry Brown.

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This is an interesting op-ed by Kerry Brown who compares China's foreign policy making in the 21st century with the pre-World War I situation in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.

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EU and China: a troubled relationship

EU and China: a troubled relationship | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Along with China's rapid economic growth comes an equally rapid increase in political power. As the European Union seeks to strengthen dialogue with the up and coming world power, obstacles remain evident.
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An EU-China trade dialogue: a new policy framework to contain deteriorating trade relations

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The evolution of the EU-China relationship: from constructive engagement to strategic partnership

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EU-China Summits (2001-2012)

EU-China Summits (2001-2012) | EU-China: trade, aid and public diplomacy in the 21st century | Scoop.it

The first EU-China Summit took place in 1998, in London (during the UK Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU).   Ever since, they have been held on an annual basis, alternating between Beijing and the country currently hosting the EU Presidency).  They are attended by the Chinese Prime Minister and other relevant Ministers and, for the EU, by the President of the Council of Ministers, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as other relevant Ministers and European Commissioners.

 

In recent years, Joint Statements have been issued, setting out agreed policy positions on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international/ global issues. 

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A compact between China and the European Union | German Council on Foreign Relations

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China, the European Union and the United States of America: Partners or Competitors?

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