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 […]
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EU-Taiwan Semiconductor Cooperation: Lopsided Priorities?
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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 […]
Russian Federation and China: Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative
Abstract: This Issue Brief looks at six Sino-Russian projects that have been placed under the rubric of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Since, at the political level, China is […]
Human Rights as a Policy Tool in Asia: Hypocrisy or Commitment?
Introduction The human rights situation in Asia has been in a steep decline over the last few years, from Myanmar’s attacks against students and the civilian population, China’s offensive against […]