Anna Michalski, Zhongqi Pan: Unlikely Partners? China, the European Union and the Forging of a Strategic Partnership

1st edition. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 203 stran, ISBN 978-981-10-3140-3.

  • Martin Lavička


This book provides an in-depth analysis of the relations between China and the EU, tracing the development of this complex, yet intriguing, relationship between two substantially different actors. To uncover a deeper understanding of this unlikely partnership, the authors analyze the partnership through the prism of contending norms and worldviews. The China-EU strategic partnership has evolved through fits and starts but despite continuous trade disputes and severe diplomatic misunderstandings, the EU and China pledge to uphold, even deepen, the partnership. Policy experts and scholars will learn how such contending bilateral relationships can be managed and establish a better understanding of deep-seated conceptual differences between these two entities.

Author Biography

Martin Lavička

born in 1986, he studied Japanese and Chinese Philology at Palacký University Olomouc and International Relations at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Currently, he teaches modern Chinese history at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc and contemporary Chinese politics at the Department of Politics and European Studies of the same university. In his Ph.D. research, he focuses on the issues of national minorities within the People’s Republic of China.

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