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07March 2013With contributions from Axel Berkofsky, Rebecca Fabrizi, Magnus Gislev, François Godement, Jonathan Holslag, Bernice Lee, Mattias Lentz, Raul de Luzenberger, Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Felipe Palacios Sureda, Jonas Parello-Plasner, Antonio Parenti, Frans-Paul van der Putten, Michael Reiterer
China is poised to become the EU’s most important commercial partner, while simultaneously being a serious challenger in trade and a competitor for resources. It is against the backdrop of this dichotomy that this report offers a number of suggestions to assist EU policymakers in developing a more coherent approach towards China.
After a decade of accentuating collective leadership, harmony and what many foreign observers have taken to call the ‘black box’ approach of top level Chinese decision-making, this year of succession is proving interesting – one might even go as far as to claim that a break in the politics and history is about to occur in China.