Promotion of European Exports to China and the Role of Economic Diplomacy, 1969–72
Albers discusses how economic and political diplomacy interacted during the years when China’s relations with Western Europe and the USA started to improve. While the French state tried to promote and guide trade with the PRC in a number of strategically important areas, the business community showed only limited interest in the challenging Chinese market. Similarly, the British government started several initiatives to influence economic relations with China. Albers argues that, owing to its willingness to grant the Chinese access to some sensitive technologies, Britain secured several high-profile deals with the Communist government in Beijing. German exports by contrast rose, even though the West German government had to show political restraint at a time when its détente policy towards the Soviet Union had reached a crucial stage.