The EU and PRC Exchange Sanctions
For the first time since the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing in 1989, the European Union has decided to impose significant restrictive measures on Chinese officials. The Chinese government has reacted angrily, rejecting allegations of abuses as “lies and slander” and publishing a list of European officials, institutions, and scholars slated for sanctions of its own. This latest blow to Sino-European relations comes at a complicated time. Calls to take a stronger stance on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) authoritarian tendencies have been mounting, even as geo-political rivalry between the United States and China is intensifying. A long-anticipated investment deal between China and the EU, the creatively named Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), that was agreed to in principle at the end of last year may now unravel as tension grows. While some may have been surprised by the vehemence with which Beijing reacted to the sanctions, the episode exposes some of the underlying strain in Sino-European relations.
Merkel’s China Legacy
Abstract Angela Merkel’s time as the Chancellor of Germany is soon coming to an end. An unofficial mainstay of the European Union, she leaves office having helped put in place […]
China and International Law: History, Theory, and Practice
Abstract The current contours of China’s economic growth and political influence have given rise to interests in and concerns about China’s global profile as well as its strategies of International […]
In the Wake of Covid-19: Troubled Waters Ahead for the European Union
Introduction The European response to the Covid-19 outbreak has been described as disjointed and insufficient. Blame has been placed upon the EU and its false portrayal of European solidarity in […]
Another Fishing Incident. Now What?
Link to originally published article On the early morning of April 2, a Vietnam-flagged fishing boat was spotted by a China Coast Guard vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel […]
China’s Evolving North Korea Policy
The Center would like to acknowledge that this publication was generously supported by the Korea Foundation. Introduction* It would seem common sense that China’s policies seldom change due to its […]
Compatible Interests? The EU and China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Executive Summary While China and the European Union are at opposite ends of the Eurasian continent, booming trade, along with China’s rise as a global power, has made their relationship […]