Sovereignty in China-EU Relations: The Conceptual Gap and Its Implications

  • Zhongqi Pan


Misunderstandings between China and the Europe Union, as well as its member states, can be ascribed to many factors. The perceptual gap on the key concepts of sovereignty, human rights, democracy and stability is one such crucial factor. It is widely accepted that the same concept can often be interpreted and applied in very different senses by different people. Any such conceptual gap can breed misunderstandings in international communication, sometimes without the awareness of those involved, and thus lead to problems and possible conflicts in bilateral relations. Sovereignty appears to be one such concept in China-Europe relations.


Strategic Partnership National Sovereignty Lisbon Treaty Peaceful Coexistence Constitutional Treaty 
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