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Political values in Europe-China relations

07 Dec 2018 - 14:08

What role do political values play in Europe-China relations 70 years after the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

This new report published by the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) highlights the diverging views and approaches within Europe on the defence of political values in relations with China. Should Europe’s political values extend beyond the scope of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, for instance, to include concepts of economic liberalism? How far should Europe go in defending its political values beyond its borders? What ultimately is the most effective way to approach China on these issues?

Clingendael is a participating institution in ETNC. Frans-Paul van der Putten is a co-editor for this report and contributed a chapter that highlights the topic of human rights promotion and the changing role of political values in Netherlands-China relations.