© 2014

China and the EU in Context

Insights for Business and Investors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jeremy Clegg, Hinrich Voss
    Pages 14-43
  3. Thierry Apoteker
    Pages 44-80
  4. Robert Ash, Robin Porter, Tim Summers
    Pages 81-141
  5. Lynette H. Ong, Christian Göbel
    Pages 178-213
  6. David Norse, Yuelai Lu, Jikun Huang
    Pages 251-302
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 328-345

About this book


Brings together the research of world-class commentators on China from across Europe to explore the policy aspects of the China-EU relationship. Aimed at practitioners, this book shows how to relate to China practically and understand its complexities for business purposes, including investment, social unrest, and China's five-year program.


China Europe EU international business international relations European Union (EU) Investment migration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.China StudiesUniversity of SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Europe China Research and Advice NetworkIreland
  3. 3.Asia ProgrammeChatham HouseUK

About the authors

Prof Jeremy Clegg Dr Hinrich Voss Dr Thierry Apoteker Prof Robert Ash Prof Robin Porter Prof Tim Summers Dr Michael Dillon Dr Lynette Ong Dr Christian Goebel Dr Bates Gill Andrew Small Prof David Norse Dr Yuelai Lu Prof Jikun Huang Dr Kevin Latham Dr Bin Wu

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'EU-China relations are of the utmost importance, economically, socially and politically. As China continues its astonishing developmental trajectory, its relationship with the EU as a whole and with individual member states, will continue to intensify in these and other areas such as migration, non-traditional security and the environment. It is imperative that books like this one, bringing together experts and perspectives from many different fields, are available to inform our debates and discourses on how best to develop our relationship with China. This collection of essays is a significant contribution to our understanding of the issues and opportunities that constitute EU-China relations.'

- Dr Jonathan Sullivan, Associate Professor, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies; Deputy Director, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham

'The excellent contributions to this volume will help readers to get a detailed and deep understanding of the fundamental role that China has reached in its relations with the European Union and with the United States, including the challenging policies of investment in strategic sectors, and how the foreign policy has implications with the delicate issue of the domestic stability.'

-Davide Cucino, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC)

'A great book on the crucial and constantly evolving EU-China relationship. This book contains an excellent collection of papers written under the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN). Led by Dr. Kerry Brown, ECRAN has brought together a wide group of 250 of the world's leading sinologists from across the EU Member States in order to deepen the understanding on a complex web of issues relating to the EU-China relationship and to provide suggestions on how to take it forward. The ECRAN network gives an independent point of view and offer an important contribution in the shaping of EU's China policy. I am delighted to see that ECRAN is actively cultivating a new generation of European scholars with China expertise. The papers in this volume reflect a wide specter of opinions; taken together they provide an excellent overview of many of the dilemmas which EU is facing when working with a rapidly changing partner.'

-Franz Jessen, EU Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam; Former Head of the China Unit, European External Action Service

'Europe's engagement with China is a two-way process there is both an urgent need to understand what is happening in China better as well as to comprehend exactly what Chinese investment in Europe means. These enlightening papers provide an excellent overview of the current pressure points and 'hot topics' of our fast evolving relationship.'

-Paul French, Author

'The book is an essential guide to how the EU and China have gone about reshaping their political and economic model in the past few years. Like no other publication, it evidences the scale of joint interaction and the interplay of mutual interests, pointing to key challenges ahead.'

-Pawel Swieboda, President, demosEUROPA

'The authors of China and the EU in Context know their stuff and it is a must read for those who want to know what China does in Europe in terms of business and investments, who, where and why they emigrated from China to the EU and what recent political, economic and foreign policy trends and developments in China mean for political and economic relations with the EU. To be sure, there is not much to go wrong in terms of solid research and analysis on Chinese domestic and foreign policies and its relations with Brussels with scholars such as Robert Ash, Robin Porter, Bates Bill and Andrew Small taking care of that.'

-Axel Berkofsky, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia

'Both China and the EU are polities undergoing profound shifts in the early 21st century. This volume of essays is a superb contribution to understanding this most important, yet under-studied relationship. The authors use a wide range of Chinese and western sources to reach important, and at times provocative, conclusions that help us to understand EU-China relations now and in the years to come.'

-Rana Mitter, Director, University China Centre, University of Oxford