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The EU’s Foreign Policy after the Fifth Enlargement: Any Change in Its Taiwan Policy?

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  • Günter Schucher

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On 1 May 2004, the world witnessed the largest expansion in the history of the European Union (EU). This process has lent new weight to the idea of an expanded EU involvement in East Asia. This paper will examine the question of whether there has been a change in the EU’s foreign policy with respect to its Taiwan policy after the fifth enlargement. It analyses the EU’s policy statements on Asia and China to find evidence. The political behaviour of the EU has not changed, although there has been a slight modification in rhetoric. The EU – notwithstanding its claim to be a global actor – currently continues to keep itself out of one of the biggest conflicts in East Asia. The new members’ interests in the East Asia region are too weak to alter the EU’s agenda, and their economic priorities are rather linked to the programmes of the EU than vice versa.

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  • Günter Schucher, 2007. "The EU’s Foreign Policy after the Fifth Enlargement: Any Change in Its Taiwan Policy?," GIGA Working Paper Series 42, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:42
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    1. Michael Reiterer, 2006. "Japan and the European Union: shared foreign policy interests," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 333-349, September.
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    Keywords

    EU; enlargement; Central and Eastern European countries; foreign policy; China; Taiwan;

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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other

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