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The limits of EU external relations focusing on the 16+1 initiative with the People’s Republic of China

Zwart, S. (2019) The limits of EU external relations focusing on the 16+1 initiative with the People’s Republic of China.

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Abstract:This research will investigate the extent to which European Union (EU) treaties, policies, legal instruments and soft law allow EU Member States to cooperate with third countries. The research in particular focusses on the 16+1 Initiative, which is a cooperation in certain priority areas of eleven EU Member States, five non-EU Member States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). To be specific, the research will answer the following question: To what extent are EU Member States allowed to cooperate with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the 16+1 Initiative? To give us an idea of the situation, the current framework of policies, treaties and principles regarding EU external relations will be discussed. The PRC’s aims with the 16+1 Initiative will be discussed, as well as the prospective steps to be taken by the European countries involved in the 16+1 Initiative. Specific attention to the principle of sincere cooperation, as mentioned in article 4(3) of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU), will be paid. Next to that, the historical diplomatic relations, in an International Relations (IR) perspective, between the PRC and the EU will be discussed. After which the process of European integration will be explained.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78890
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