Conceptual Gaps in China-EU Relations

Global Governance, Human Rights and Strategic Partnerships


China and Europe have few political values in common, even though they employ the same value-laden concepts in their political discourse. Chinese-European disputes over issues from Tibet to human rights, from market economy status to the arms embargo, from Africa to Iran are reflected, to a large extent, in their perceptual gaps on such political concepts as sovereignty, human rights, strategic partnership, multilateralism, and global governance. The authors analyze how differently China and Europe interpret the same political concepts, to examine what implications of their conceptual gaps may have on China-EU relations, and thus to discover how best to manage and bridge them.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; October 2012
  • ISBN 9781137027443
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  • Title: Conceptual Gaps in China-EU Relations
  • Author: Zhongqi Pan (ed.)
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

ZHONQI PAN is Professor in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, China. He was a seconded diplomat serving China's Mission to the EU in 2008-09. His forthcoming Chinese books are From Following the Shi to Shaping the Shi: China's International Orientation and Strategy and The Logic of Living with the Hegemony: American Strategies and China-US Security Relations in the Post-Cold War Period.