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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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From Client Status to Strategic Partnership: China's Changing Perceptions of Europe

From Client Status to Strategic Partnership: China's Changing Perceptions of Europe

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(p.81) Chapter 4 From Client Status to Strategic Partnership: China's Changing Perceptions of Europe
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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/9789888083879.003.0005

Europe has had a significant presence in China over the last two centuries and its ideas, ideologies, and institutions contributed greatly to the development of modern China. Chinese perceptions of Europe have evolved over time, ranging from fascination to a more critical appraisal of things European. Although Sino-European ties are largely cordial, they are fraught by a gap of cognition and understanding that places significant pressure on leaders to adapt to a new spirit for conducting mutual affairs. Increasingly, Chinese political and social elites resent being lectured or placated by Europe and they criticise what they perceive to be Europe's undignified treatment of China. Assuming benign expectations of each other is insufficient for both sides to find a constructive basis for their future relationship.

Keywords:   History, European presence in China, Diplomacy, Perceptions, Expectations

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