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Chinese network diplomacy as a challenge for transatlantic partners


  • Patryk Pawlak



For decades, a prevailing view has been that a very limited number of global issues can be resolved without the USA and European Union acting together. But in recent years, we have seen a growing body of scholarship addressing the question of the ‘diffusion of power’, ‘the rise of the rest’ or ‘global zero’. With the financial crisis, questionable foreign policy choices and growing global competition from other international actors, both in terms of trade and ideas, the idea of the Western domination is increasingly questioned. At the same time, many international actors, including the European Union, are increasingly shifting—or ‘rebalancing’—their attention towards China and other Asian markets introducing new dynamics to old alliances and relationships. Borrowing from the network analysis scholarship, this paper looks at the EU relationship with China through a conceptual lens of ‘network power’ and ‘network diplomacy’. It applies this analytical lens to investigate the implications of EU–China relations for (1) the relations with the USA, (2) the relations with the ASEAN and (3) the effects of the trilateral EU–China–US cooperation on the region. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Patryk Pawlak, 2014. "Chinese network diplomacy as a challenge for transatlantic partners," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 95-108, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:asiaeu:v:12:y:2014:i:1:p:95-108
    DOI: 10.1007/s10308-014-0370-1

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