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Imperialistic endeavour or empty rhetoric? Analysing the EU’s promotion of human rights in China since 1989 through a ‘normative power’ perspective

This chapter proposes a normative power perspective to the study of EU promotion of human rights towards China. Central to it is the assumption that the EU has been and should be a normative power in China in the field of human rights. To verify this assumption, the proposed perspective focuses on the way in which we understand EU promotion of human rights through a discursive form of power, and how we judge such efforts through normative ethics.