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Trajectories and Transformations: Relations and Perceptions of the EU in China, 2006–2015

  • Lai Suetyi
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Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)

Abstract

China and the European Union (EU) celebrated the 40th anniversary of the bilateral relation in 2015. By identifying changes in the external images of the EU in China in the decade between 2006 and 2015, this chapter determines how the ups and downs in the bilateral relationship impacted the perceptions. Data for this chapter comes from the transnational comparative project The EU in the Eyes of the Asia-Pacific. The media, elite and public opinion data came from three phases of the project—2006–2007, 2011–2012 and 2015. It found that there was a rise of interest and positive view of the EU in China in the past decade. While the bilateral relation grows in depth and complexity, the perception follows suit. However, as China has always prioritised its relation with the US, the EU’s importance remained viewed as below that of the US.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lai Suetyi
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  1. 1.Guangdong University of Foreign StudiesGuangzhouChina

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