[EN] CA 20 – Playing with Europe’s Soft Agenda – Dec 2008
– PLAYING WITH EUROPE’S SOFT AGENDA –
1. Challenging Europe’s soft power (Mathieu Duchâtel)
2. Gaining soft power: China’s post-Olympic foreign policy priority (Mathieu Duchâtel)
3. The human rights clause in EU-China negotiations (Mathieu Duchâtel)
4. Energy and climate cooperation: seeking common ground (Thibaud Voïta)
EU-China relations, described in 2003 as a “strategic partnership in the making” and a “honeymoon”, are growing increasingly stormy. As this issue of China Analysis goes to press, Beijing’s postponement of December’s EU-China Summit in Lyon has provided further evidence of the EU’s sliding towards irrelevance in the eyes of China. The overall relationship lacks substance and is strained by political issues such as Tibet. Furthermore, the weakness of the EU seems to be used as a tool by China to address a strong warning to the next American administration on human rights promotion.