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China and the European Union’s participation in conflict resolution: Norm dynamics, convergence and divergence in foreign policy
Ai,Weining1; Song,Weiqing2
2019-02-27
Source PublicationJournal of Contemporary China
ISSN14699400 10670564
Volume28Issue:116Pages:277-292
Abstract

This article addresses the central question of why China and the European Union (EU), two players of growing importance in global governance, cooperate on some issues of conflict resolution, but fail to do so on others. Although much discussion is devoted to their respective strategic orientations and policy preferences in world affairs, more deep-rooted factors like norms and values should also be taken into consideration. This article follows a social constructivist approach to explicate how international norms have shaped the convergent and divergent actions of China and the EU in two empirical cases: the Iranian nuclear issue and the Syrian civil crisis. It argues that because China and the EU had both internalized the international norm of multilateralism, they could cooperate in pushing for a political solution to the Iranian nuclear issue through multilateral negotiations, and take a similar approach to the Syrian civil crisis. However, whereas China has seriously questioned the ‘responsibility to protect’ as a legitimate norm, the EU has embraced and promoted it. Consequently, the two took divergent actions in the second case. It is suggested that China and its Western partners closely engage each other in constructive communication to promote mutual understanding, and ultimately expand the basis of their common norms.

DOI10.1080/10670564.2018.1511397
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaArea Studies
WOS SubjectArea Studies
WOS IDWOS:000458654400008
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Corresponding AuthorSong,Weiqing
Affiliation1.Arizona State University,Tempe,United States
2.University of Macau,China
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Ai,Weining,Song,Weiqing. China and the European Union’s participation in conflict resolution: Norm dynamics, convergence and divergence in foreign policy[J]. Journal of Contemporary China,2019,28(116):277-292.
APA Ai,Weining,&Song,Weiqing.(2019).China and the European Union’s participation in conflict resolution: Norm dynamics, convergence and divergence in foreign policy.Journal of Contemporary China,28(116),277-292.
MLA Ai,Weining,et al."China and the European Union’s participation in conflict resolution: Norm dynamics, convergence and divergence in foreign policy".Journal of Contemporary China 28.116(2019):277-292.
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