How Chinese identity politics shapes its depictions of Europe

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Author(s)Barr M
Publication type Article
JournalReview of European Studies
Year2012
Volume4
Issue3
Pages45-53
ISSN (print)1918-7173
ISSN (electronic)1918-7181
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Sino-EU relations are officially described as a 'comprehensive strategic partnership' and are bound to play a key role in shaping the character of the newly-emerging multi-polar system. At present, the EU is China’s biggest trading partner, while China is the EU’s largest source of imports and second largest two-way trading partner. However, while recognising such closeness, this paper will adopt a slightly more critical stance towards Sino-EU relations. I analyse how internal political debates within China influences how leading Chinese actors construct various images of Europe. Central to this analysis will be Chinese attempts to create counter narratives of both colonial history and of the structure of the state system as a way of challenging dominant European conceptions of order – that is to say, the paper will describe China’s efforts to launch an ideational challenge to the Westphalian system.
PublisherCanadian Center of Science and Education
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.5539/res.v4n3p45
DOI10.5539/res.v4n3p45
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