Asia Europe Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 217–233 | Cite as

China-EU convergence 1957–2003: towards a ‘strategic partnership’

  • David ScottEmail author
Original Paper


This article looks at how the ‘strategic partnership’ announced in 2003 between the People’s Republic of China and the European Union came to be. Strategic geopolitical balancing and containment towards other third parties have been prominent features of their convergence, during a period when the EU developed more of a foreign policy dimension and China continued its economic surge. To some extent both actors in various ways began to see each others as partners in dealing with the Soviet Union and with the United States, and helping their own rise in the international system. Strategic convergence has taken place, though one could still notice China’s emphasis on geo-politics and multipolarization and the EU’s greater stress on geo-economics and multilateralism.


European Union European Community Foreign Policy European Monetary Union Strategic Partnership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Politics and HistoryBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.RochesterUK

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