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High-tech joint ventures are a key element in EU-China economic relations. They can serve as a conduit for technology transfers from Europe to China, enabling China's industrial agenda but also potentially weakening the EU's ambitions to pursue 'strategic autonomy'. This research seeks to understand the degree to which Sino-European joint ventures...

Recent developments have made it more complicated for the Dutch government and Dutch companies to engage with China. Like the EU as a whole, the Netherlands is increasingly wary of China's international influence. Moreover, the ASML case highlights that Sino-Dutch relations face some amount of pressure from the United States. Despite the fact that...

The corona-crisis presents a severe test for China, disturbing its trade exports and causing an internal crisis of political authority. Yet, the Communist Party has been in tighter spots since taking power in 1949. The longer story of growing Chinese global influence continues and the coronavirus will ultimately do nothing to halt the assertive...

Chinese investments in European seaports have increased rapidly in recent years. This process has triggered a debate in Europe on the significance of, and how to deal with, growing Chinese influence in European ports. This process is part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - in particular its maritime component, the Maritime Silk Road (MSR)...

As China's role as a major power in international affairs is growing, the Chinese government is becoming more active and more influential in the United Nations (UN). This is likely to have - or, in the eyes of some, already has - a significant impact on the UN's (future) functioning. Growing Chinese influence is important for all UN members, and...

Today's international business environment is less predictable, more volatile, and involves more politics than in previous decades. The declining economic weight of the United States and growing doubts about its leadership role in global governance have important implications for European companies. There is a growing likelihood of high-profile...

China's approach towards great powers is shaped by two overarching aims. The first is to neutralise potential threats to China's security that originate from major powers. The second is to work with great powers towards an international environment that is stable and conducive to constructive economic interaction. This chapter
identifies trends in...

While OBOR requires a very large and sustained investment effort, there are many uncertainties and risks, not least in the political sphere, related to investing in developing countries in Asia and Africa. Infrastructure investment is at the heart of OBOR, but because of the high costs and often low returns, this kind of investment in many...

This essay addresses questions that are related to two recently proposed concepts: Hugh White's Concert of Asia and Henry Kissinger's Pacific Community. First, what basis is there for the US as a non-Asian country to pursue a lasting leadership role in East Asia? Second, what would it mean for the US to treat China as a security partner in East...

The Chinese government says that it supports the notion of international diversity of political-economic systems. This should not be regarded as mere propaganda. Apart from a brief period during the Cultural Revolution, China never was interested in exporting its ideology or in trying to turn other countries into a replication of itself. It is...