This book argues that although relations between China and Europe are strained in many areas, including trade, human rights and views about political systems, nevertheless established linkages, especially when considered in the context of long-term historical linkages, development trajectories and intellectual cultures, offer good prospects for future progressive collaborative exchanges. Approaching the subject in a balanced way, giving equal weight to the perspectives of both sides, the book examines China and Europe’s shared experiences of age-old civilisations, of the disorienting effects of the economic, social and political upheavals triggered by the late eighteenth century creation of the modern world, and of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries era of European empires, warfare and Cold War. It contends that although China and Europe appear superficially to have followed different paths, with many problems in their relationship resulting, they in fact have a very great deal in common concerning how they have coped with the long shift from ancient civilisations to the modern world of natural science based industrial capitalism.

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[1] Introduction: Changing Perceptions of the Relationship of China and Europe

[2] China, Europe and the Creation of the Modern World

[3] China and Europe in the Twenty-first Century: New Linkages

[4] China: The Structure of Government and the Role of the Law

[5] European Union: Politics, Law and Decision-making

[6] China and the European Union: Peaceful Rising

[7] European Union and China: Evolving Policy Towards China

[8] China: Recent Problems

[9] European Union: Managing Recent Problems