Examining the EU-China Relationship in the Aftermath of the Economic Crisis

Po-Kuan Wu, Mads Christian Dagnis Jensen

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This article examines how, if at all, the changed economic order in the aftermath of the economic crisis in 2008 has shaped the relationship between the EU and China. Theoretically, two prevalent opposing narratives in the public discourse are presented and linked to two crude versions of mercantilism and economic liberalism in the scholarly literature. The mercantilist line of reasoning posits that China will gain more political weight with its increasing economic strength. The economic liberal line of reasoning suggests that China’s economic weight does not translate into political power. These two opposing theoretical claims are examined by process tracing two most likely cases. This article concludes that despite its increased economic strength, China has enjoyed limited success in persuading the EU and its member states to change their position(s) on policy areas involving strategic interests.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number14
Pages (from-to)1223-1236
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • EU-China relations
  • Market economy status
  • Tibet
  • Depression
  • Dalai Lama
  • Mercantilism
  • Liberalism

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