Unlikely Partners?

China, the European Union and the Forging of a Strategic Partnership

  • Anna Michalski
  • Zhongqi Pan

Part of the Governing China in the 21st Century book series (GC21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Anna Michalski, Zhongqi Pan
    Pages 11-40
  3. Anna Michalski, Zhongqi Pan
    Pages 41-69
  4. Anna Michalski, Zhongqi Pan
    Pages 71-96
  5. Anna Michalski, Zhongqi Pan
    Pages 133-163
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-203

About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of the relations between China and the EU, tracing the development of this complex, yet intriguing, relationship between two substantially different actors. To uncover a deeper understanding of this unlikely partnership, the authors analyze the partnership through the prism of contending norms and worldviews. The China-EU strategic partnership has evolved through fits and starts but despite continuous trade disputes and severe diplomatic misunderstandings, the EU and China pledge to uphold, even deepen, the partnership. Policy experts and scholars will learn how such contending bilateral relationships can be managed and establish a better understanding of deep-seated conceptual differences between these two entities.   


China European Union International partnership Alliances Diplomacy Rapprochement Bilateral Relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Michalski
    • 1
  • Zhongqi Pan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.School of International Relations and Public AffairsFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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