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The EU, the US and China – Towards a New International Order?

Edited by Jing Men, InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of EU–China Relations, College of Europe, Belgium and Wei Shen, Jean Monnet Chair in EU–China Relations, ESSCA School of Management, France
The interaction between the EU, the US and China is of particular importance to the formation of the international order in the 21st century. This book focuses on the latest developments and examines how critical the interactions between these three players are to future global governance.
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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 978 1 78100 346 6
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The interaction between the EU, the US and China is of particular importance to the formation of the international order in the 21st century. This book focuses on the latest developments and examines how critical the interactions between these three players are to future global governance.

Jing Men, Wei Shen and their carefully selected contributors explore how China’s ascending role is contrasted with the seemingly declining influence of the US and the EU, and challenges the existing power configuration in the global order. They examine how China’s growth and future development trajectory will be a key factor, and why it is still hesitant to the responsibilities it should assume in global governance. The book argues that in order to fully construct a working and productive triangle relationship between the EU, the US and China, thus establishing an effective political and economic global leadership, both economic and trade cooperation, and more importantly, strategic thinking on global responsibilities should be developed among the three players.

This book will appeal to researchers, professors and students of international and comparative politics, as well as international relations. It will also be of interest to officials working within international organisations or national ministries, in addition to anyone who has a general interest in international affairs.
‘While there is a wealth of writing on Sino–US relations and a growing body of work on interactions between Europe and China, it is much rarer to find studies that triangulate these different sets of relationships. Through a series of issue-based case studies, this volume unpacks the different layers of this triangular relationship, showing where interests coincide and diverge. The result is not a single relationship, but a patchwork of different sets of power configurations depending on the issue at hand.’
– Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

‘This book presents a novel, remarkably informative analysis of the implications of the rise of China in world politics and Sino–US–EU relations in different contexts. Its triangular approach and focus on the emerging post-financial crisis period ensure that it will help to set the agenda for future research on the G2 or G3 in a world of “messy multilateralism”. It is certain to be essential reading for anyone interested in China or EU–US–China relations.’
– Francis Snyder, Peking University School of Transnational Law, China, LSE, UK and College of Europe, Belgium

‘The relationship between the EU, China and the US is crucially important in the modern world. But as this wide-ranging study by an international collection of scholars shows, it is one that has been unfairly neglected. This book starts to put that right, showing how the three differ in their political commitment, identity and vision as they seek new roles in the midst of the changing economic and political dynamics of the 21st century. The value of this work is its assembly of diverse perspectives, showing the richness of EU–US–China relations and new frameworks that this can be conceptualised in.’
– Kerry Brown, University of Sydney, Australia

‘The edited volume brings together a number of mainly younger scholars in Europe and China to assess the interactions of China, the European Union and United States. The strengths of the book lie in the analyses of China–EU relations and China’s evolving roles in multilateral institutions, and it is refreshing to have the views of a younger generation of scholars on these and other topics.’
– David Shambaugh, George Washington University and The Brookings Institution, US

‘This volume makes a substantial contribution to the literature, both by focusing specifically on the neglected issue of tripartite relations and by providing a range of useful and engaging analytical frameworks.’
– Jonathan Benney, European Review of International Studies

Contributors: S. Finamore, D.-Y. Kao, G. Marlier, J. Men, M. Otero-Iglesias, R. Pacheco Pardo, W. Shen, M. Smith, H. Zhang, X. Zhang, S. Zhao
Contents:

1. Introduction
Jing Men and Wei Shen

2. The EU, the US and China: Strategic Engagement, Political Commitment and Diplomatic Interaction in Multilateral Arenas
Michael Smith

3. Sino-EU-US Relations: Where Are They Going?
Jing Men

4. The Impact of European Debt Crisis on EU-US-China Relations
Xiaotong Zhang

5. The EU and the G2: Is a G3 Possible?
Ramon Pacheco Pardo

6. ‘Currency Wars’ between the US and China: Where Does the EU Stand?
Miguel Otero-Iglesias

7. Norms, Instruments and Strategy: Comparing EU and US Engagements of China
Salvatore Finamore

8. China’s Geo-strategy and Relations with the Major Powers During the Global Downturn in 2008–2010
Suisheng Zhao

9. The Evolution of China’s Normative Position on the Use of Force
Grant Marlier and De-Yuan Kao

10. The Adjustment of Global Economic Governance and China’s Role
Haibing Zhang

11. Conclusion
Jing Men and Wei Shen