Advertisement

French Policy towards China: a Redefinition

  • François Godement
  • Régine Serra

Abstract

The realist theory of international relations never had much of a chance when it comes to characterizing the Sino-French relationship through time. To a certain extent, France has always had an intellectual, and even sentimental relationship with a country of which it formed an Utopian image very early on, while it also liked to stress similarities with the French monarchy, its old bureaucratic system, and the earthly culture of agrarian France. Relations essentially began in the middle of the thirteenth century, when King Louis XIII and the Pope tried to convince the Mongol Empire to join them and fight against the Ottoman Empire in Asia Minor. After sending an emissary, France received the confirmation of the existence of the Silk Road and of China. Thereafter, about 100 French missionaries went to China, but only four or five centuries later, and with the Jesuit saga began the rediscovery of China and its popularity as a philosophical object. It was also at that time that France introduced a certain Western knowledge and technologies in fields such as astronomy, geography, mathematics, calendar, and firearms, and that the French intellectual class was initiated to the Chinese culture.

Keywords

Foreign Direct Investment World Trade Organisation Foreign Affair Chinese Market French Government 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 6.
    Quoted by Patricia Wellons ‘Sino-French relations: historical alliance vs. economic relations’ in The Pacific Review, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1994, p. 344.Google Scholar
  2. 10.
    Jacques Chirac, ‘La France et le nouveau partenariat euro-asiatique’, Singapore, 24 February 1996.Google Scholar
  3. 34.
    Jean-Philippe Béja, ‘Bruce Lee, vainqueur de Jiang Zemin?’, in Le Monde, 25 Tune 1997.Google Scholar
  4. 36.
    Françoise Mengin, ‘L’irrédentisme chinois a encore de l’avenir’, in Le Monde, 25 June 1997.Google Scholar
  5. 40.
    Quoted by Kay Möller, ‘European strategies vis-à-vis China: myth and reality’, a paper presented at the conference China’s international role: key issues, common interests, different approaches, 6–9 March 1997, Brühl.Google Scholar
  6. 44.
    See Françoise Mengin, ‘Relations France-Chine, quel anniversaire s’agit-il de célébrer?’, in Relations internationales et stratégiques, No. 14, Summer 1994.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Godement
  • Régine Serra

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations