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Book Review: Knowing China, Frank N Pieke, Cambridge University Press

By Fraser Cameron, Director

27 December 2016

Given the enormous implications of China’s rise for the global system this is a timely review of the political system of contemporary China. Taking into account recent research Professor Pieke has produced a highly readable account of how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has managed to transform itself and China.

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Book Review:The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations

By Rui Yan

26 December 2016

Written by two specialists with long experience of EU-China relations, this new volume examines how each actor has coped with the global economic crisis and argues that the promising potential for EU-China cooperation is being repeatedly undermined by political obstacles and a failure to implement reforms in China.There is unlikely to be much progress unless China becomes a genuine market economy and cuts down the massive subsidies for its state owned enterprises.The authors are doubtful, however, that the leadership in Beijing will be able to achieve their goals.

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The EU’s Own 'Pivot to Asia'

By Fraser Cameron

12 December 2016

Although there has been much talk of the U.S. “pivot to Asia,” the European Union (EU) has also been increasing its relations with Asia in recent years. The Diplomat’s Shannon Tiezzi spoke with Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Center, about the reasons for the EU pivot and the future of EU engagement with Asia states.

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Asian Concerns over Trump

By Fraser Cameron, Director

28 November 2016

Like Europe Asia was stunned at the victory of Donald Trump. Asian leaders were planning on continuity of US policy with Hillary Clinton, one of the architects of the US pivot to Asia, in the White House. Now everything is in the air and uncertainty, whether in security or trade or human rights, reigns supreme.

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EU-China economic ties will withstand disputes over MES

By Fraser Cameron

27 July 2016

Just a week after the issue of market economy status dominated the EU-China summit in Beijing, the Commission discussed on 20 July the results of the impact assessment undertaken by DG Trade.

The discussion focused on the political, economic and legal implications of a decision on MES which must be taken by the end of the year. For China the matter is clear. China was promised MES 15 years after it joined in 2001. There can be no arguing – the promise must be kept. For the EU there is a strong legal view that the Chinese are in the right and failure to grant China MES would result in a lengthy fight at the WTO which the EU would probably lose.

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"Paris was the easy part." - Climate Action in India, Japan and South Korea post-COP21

By Susanna Mocker

19 July 2016

The Paris Agreement has rightly been hailed as historic. On 12 December 2015 a record of 195 states adopted the first universal and legally-binding climate deal. Only six years earlier the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties (COP) had rather reinforced the divide between the Global North and South. Despite this success, the Paris Agreement is only a document outlining good intentions as long as it is not implemented. As Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change put it, Paris was “the easy part.”

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EU ASEAN

The EU’s Mixed Strategy for SE Asia

By Fraser Cameron

22 June 2016

The EU’s mixed strategy towards SE Asia, supporting the association of south-east Asian nations (ASEAN) while pursuing bilateral agreements, is showing results. The EU has proposed an ambitious menu of support for the ten-member ASEAN and its new ASEAN Economic Community, and offered to develop its relations into a strategic partnership. 

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Merkel in China

“Beijing-Berlin connection” revisited

By Mikko Huotari

20 June 2016

Germany has built a more cooperative relationship with China than most Western nations. But even Angela Merkel’s influence in Beijing only goes so far, as her recent trip has shown. In light of Beijing's more aggressive foreign policy, Germany is well advised to coordinate its China policy.

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China Iran

China, the EU and the Middle East

By Fraser Cameron, Director

25 May 2016

As the United States reduces its engagement in the Middle East, a process that could accelerate dramatically with Donald Trump in the White House, both the EU and China have been increasing their engagement. Some experts consider that there could even be scope for cooperation as the EU and China share a number of interests.

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The Price of Human Rights

The Price of Human Rights

By Susanna Mocker

11 May 2016

Since the onset of the financial crisis, the price of raising human rights issues with Asian partners has increased for Europe. The promotion of human rights and democracy are supposedly at the heart of EU foreign policy. In article 21(2) Lisbon Treaty the Union committed itself to “consolidate and support democracy, the rule of law, human rights and the principle of international law” in “all fields of international relations”. While the article also outlines other goals, democracy and human rights rank highest after securing the EU’s fundamental interests. Since 2009 these fundamental interests are increasingly equated with much needed economic growth, which the EU partly seeks in the world’s most dynamic economic region: Asia.

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