Jonathan Holslag On world order and disorder

The Paper Partnership: Security in the Sino-European Relations

This paper evaluates to what degree Europe and China managed to cooperate on security affairs since the establishment of their strategic partnership in 2003. While exchanges have multiplied and a few first concrete steps are evaluated positively, the overall balance remains disappointing, in Beijing’s view. In spite of many common interests, there is no evidence that security is becoming a solid pillar of the partnership. The second part of the paper discusses the prospects for closer cooperation with a particular focus on what China expects from its European partner. It discerns many reservations towards Europe as a security actor and its recent problems have only strengthened that skepticism. (read)