EUChinaBetween

These days, the People’s Republic of China and the European Union celebrate the 40th anniversary of their relationship. Given the age of 40, one could assume that the relationship has indeed ‘grown up’ by now. But has it, really? Here are three indicators supporting this view and three against it: China established diplomatic relations in… » read more

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Last week, the UACES Collaborative Research Network recently successfully concluded its Third Workshop on Europe-China Relations in Global Politics. This year’s overarching theme was Regional Integration in Asia and Europe. It was a great conference, with excellent papers and exciting debates. Having the privilege of holding the closing speech, I tried to sum up and… » read more

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Mandarin Chinese is a beautiful language with millennia of history (at least five of them…). And like every language, also Chinese has a repertoire of not-so-beautiful words. One of them is the “剩女” (ShengNü) which best translates into “leftover woman”. In mainland China, it refers to women around the age of 30 and still not… » read more

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“Are there any short-term prospects for constraining the emerging conflicts between Japan, China, and North/ South Korea? Is Japan the new spoiler?” – This week, I was invited by the Center for Global Politics at Free University Berlin to comment on the above question in the framework of its new Global Matters project. Here is… » read more

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Not without pride, the Chinese media recently reported on the number of foreigners who have made use of the new possibility of visa-free travel if staying in the mainland for less than 72 hours. Meanwhile, fellow Chinese from the mainland may visit the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau for just one week… » read more

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I might be preaching to the converted, given that the host website, Euractiv, attracts EU-interested readers in the first place. Moreover, is there anyone nowadays who doubts the growing importance of China in global politics? Hence, a blog on “The EU, China…and what‘s in between” – the latter referring to EU-China relations – does not… » read more

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