Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 173–185 | Cite as

China’s economic statecraft in Europe

  • James ReillyEmail author
Original Paper


China’s economic statecraft in Europe relies upon three distinct strategies: specific and diffuse reciprocity, and strategic engagement—each designed to advance a specific type of policy objective. However, the tensions between a reciprocity and engagement strategy have undermined China’s efforts to reassure Europeans of Beijing’s benevolent intent. This article compares Beijing’s three strategies through case studies of China’s efforts to discourage European receptions of the Dalai Lama, secure market economy status, and Beijing’s response to Europe’s post-2009 financial crisis.


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Support for this research was provided by the Jean Monnet Fellowship, hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute; and by the Australian Research Council (DP150103365). Comments by Richard Maher, Thomas Christiansen, workshop participants, and anonymous reviewers were all extremely helpful.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Government and International RelationsThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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