Pragmatism rules legal foundation of China and European Union relations

Van der Borght, K. and Zhang, L. 2010. Pragmatism rules legal foundation of China and European Union relations. International Trade Law and Regulation. 16 (3), pp. 69-76.

TitlePragmatism rules legal foundation of China and European Union relations
AuthorsVan der Borght, K. and Zhang, L.
Abstract

The relationship between China and the European Union has evolved well beyond the old trade agreement that has been the legal basis for their trade relationship since 1985. In the relationship, the European Union is balanced between a Parliament driven by principles but disconnected from their effective daily implementation and the pragmatism of the Commission looking for a realistic ambition of marrying the values and interests of the Union but hampered by Member States with a keen eye for their individual interests. China, being generally favourable towards a stronger relationship with a stronger EU, uses the weaknesses inherent in such a balancing act to knead the relationship according to its interests and objectives. This article shows how law is used in this relationship by a mixture of legal instruments that combine flexibility, respect and realism.

JournalInternational Trade Law and Regulation
Journal citation16 (3), pp. 69-76
ISSN1357-3136
YearMay 2010
PublisherSweet & Maxwell Ltd.
Publication dates
PublishedMay 2010

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