The aim of my presentation is to highlight the stakes of the EU- China relationship for the legitimacy of the EU as an international global actor. I will explore the possible outcomes of a tougher EU stance on China regarding the credibility of its global foreign policy. There will be an emphasis on the assessment of the EU’s foreign policy instruments. My report also seeks to provide information regarding the future development of the EU- China strategic partnership in light of the EU’s structural evolution. Current China – EU challenges echo the ones preventing the EU to formulate a common foreign policy. This case study of EU-China relationship will highlight the need for the EU to distance itself from its status of normative power in order to have a voice and credibility as a global power.
I am an exchange student at ANU, from Sciences Po Paris in France. I will graduate this semester with a degree in Politics and International Relations to then do a master of European Affairs back in France.
Currently doing an internship at the Centre for European Studies as part of the Australian National Internship Program (ANIP), I am conducting an undergraduate research project on EU-China relationship to assess the possible benefits of EU’s tougher stance on China to build its legitimacy as a global actor.
Prospects of EU’s normative power: the case of EU-China relation