The European Union and East Asia
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The European Union and East Asia

Interregional Linkages in a Changing Global System

Edited by Peter W. Preston and Julie Gilson

The global system has seen sweeping changes in recent years and this has precipitated a revival of interest in the relationship between Europe and Asia. This book examines the extent and nature of the regional linkages between East Asia and the European Union. Issues discussed include: the reactions and approaches of both regions to the Asian Crisis; postcolonialism and the balance of power in Europe-Asia Relations; trade relations between Europe and Asia and the revival of the Silk Road; and the development of the role of Asia-Europe Meetings.
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Chapter 9: The European Union's commercial policymaking towards China

Tseng Su-Ling


CHAPTER 9 12/9/01 9:05 am Page 1 9. The European Union’s commercial policymaking towards China 1 Tseng, Su-Ling INTRODUCTION How to describe the development of European Union (EU)2 commercial policymaking in respect of China? How best to analyse this policy process? What are the characteristics of this policymaking? Who are the players in this decision-making process? Which players are influential? How to assess the competence of players in this policy process? What affects and shapes the policy outcomes? These questions deserve answers. In the case of China, the major driving force of policymaking has kept on changing: from the EU’s internal dynamism in the early days to the complicated entanglement of internal and external dynamism in recent years.3 Given its technical and symbolic nature in the early days, EU commercial policymaking in respect of China was, to a great extent, a reflection of EU structure, particularly the EU institutional settings relevant to the making of EU external policy. Along with the increasing engagement of China in the world economic system, the gradual strengthening of EU-China economic relations and the growing politicization of policymaking in relation to China,4 implications of developments (considerably) outside the EU have become more important. Nevertheless, this does not mean that the impacts of external developments are, and will be, more important than those of EU internal dynamism. The impacts of EU internal dynamism upon policy outcomes are as important as they were two decades ago, while the impacts of external dynamism have gradually...

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