China-EU Understandings of the International System: Multipolarization, Multilateralism and Beyond?

  • David Scott


The EU and China are facing similar challenges of ascent within the international system. Both have used the terms “multipolarity/multipolarization” (duojihua) and “multilateralism” (duobian zhuyi) to point to their place in the international system; yet the two players show convergence and divergence in their relative deployment of these terms. These patterns shed light on trends in the international system, on the EU, on China and on EU-China relations.


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