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Europe and ChinaStrategic Partners or Rivals?$
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Roland Vogt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083879

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.001.0001

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Limitations for Europe's Partnership with China

Limitations for Europe's Partnership with China

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(p.59) Chapter 3 Limitations for Europe's Partnership with China
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Europe and China
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Roland Vogt
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083879.003.0004

Many of the problems Europe faces in coming to terms with a rising China stem from domestic politics. The European political landscape has changed as the focus of political contestation has moved away from ideology to issue and identity politics that is characteristic of post-material societies. In consequence of these shifts, political party systems have gradually become more fragmented. Fragile governing coalitions in many EU member states diminish the incentives European of decision-makers to exercise leadership and invest personal political capital to upgrade relations with China. As Europe finds itself in a process of relative economic and political decline vis-�is China, public opinion about China has turned increasingly negative.

Keywords:   Domestic politics, Issue and identity politics, Political fragmentation, Public opinion, Fear of China

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