The aim is to create common ground and equal opportunities based on accepted principles of fairness. While efforts may fall short of the objective, the attempt is made to reconcile differences in constructive ways. At the same time, it must be recognised that multilateralism can be problematic if third parties seek to undermine multilateral arrangements.
That is not to say that the trade and commerce are managed by governments in the EU. It is to recognise the importance they have to prosperity and economic wellbeing and to ensuring that the diplomatic environment is conducive to allowing independent trade and commercial relations to flourish. The EU itself, as well as member states, have various programmes designed to help bodies develop relationships based on mutual interest between themselves and China. Mutually beneficial lessons were shared about improving transport planning, integrating it with land-use and promoting development through public sector investment3.
As will be shown below, these are crucial elements in realising wider green energy and economic goals.
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First, however, an example of a new EU policy area is presented because this offers scope for developing future soft diplomacy interaction and because it is relatively new is open to initiatives and influence. It is another policy area that can be linked to the strategic agenda in EU — China relations. Following this brief overview, two strategic areas of China-EU relations are presented.
Multilateralism and EU soft diplomacy: the example of sport Sport is seen as a tool of diplomacy that readily transcends languistic and cultural divisions, and that helps to cut poverty and foster development. Its White Paper on Sport introduced a more general use of sport as a tool in the EU development policy. The Lisbon Treaty came into force on 1 December Article provides the EU with a competence for sport. It opens the door to new areas of multilateral cooperation by granting the EU Commission with a formal 3 See Local Government association news at www.
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The first step was to launch a wide stakeholder consultation to prepare a sports programme due in These covered doping, education, health and volunteering in the sport sector. In addition, and significantly, the economic and social functions of sport were discussed. In short, sport is a soft tool of diplomacy to ease progress on some of the trickier and more sensitive policies regarding migration, combating international fraud and crime, international cooperation among police, customs, migration, border and law enforcement agencies. Sport is often a local or a regional activity that can be fostered on a village to village, region to region basis or national team to national team basis but these low level links are vital building bricks in creating capacity for high level sustainable relations among states, and for helping to address problems of modern society from delinquency to gender discrimination, disability and human rights, health, international sport event management and understanding the economic impact and potential of sport for realising wider socio- economic and political objectives such as fostering political dialogue by combating discrimination based on nationality in all sports.
In addition, multilateral exchanges and discussions on sport can help to establish minimum standards and exchange of best practices, and assist in promoting cooperation in other sensitive fields such as those involved in identifying and combating money-laundering and other financial crimes and corruption in the sports sector. It is interesting that the EU started with football to organise a conference with UEFA, EPFL, Fifpro, national associations and national leagues on existing licensing systems and best practices in this field.
In its resolution on the White Paper on Sport of 14 April , the European Parliament called on the Commission to propose an EU sport programme as well as Preparatory Actions in the field of sport as of The Parliament approved a budget for the first Preparatory Action in December In July 6, sports people participated7. Sport is therefore an important part of soft diplomacy and a key element of multilateral diplomacy involving a plurality of horizontal and vertical actors cutting across many policy dimensions from education and culture to environmental policy, competition law, the media, internal market and external relations in general.
It also means that EU sports ministers now meet in official EU meetings. This does not mean that there is a heavy governmental direction, rather that the plurality of actors and sporting, voluntary, educational and social associations is recognised and encouraged. At the same time, the EU Commission sees it as a means of illustrating externally and promoting internally, European values, and encouraging cooperation with international organisations and third countries. Clearly, multilateral interaction at the horizontal and vertical levels and international multilateral diplomacy in this soft area of policy has led to progress in respect of several core shared policy goals.
Sport is likely to grow as a tool for soothing more difficult relations between actors in the EU and China, notably in respect of trade, commerce and investment covered elsewhere in this book and the environment. EU-China multilateralism in the areas of energy security and climate change The idea of the EU and China working together was designed to improve relations between the two parties, particularly in light of the ever-closer trading partnership between the two and increasing investment by European companies into China and increasing foreign direct investment by China into the EU.
The relationship has evolved from a system of one-to-one state bilateral relationships to cooperation based on multilateral negotiation. In and the Agreement was supplemented by exchanges of letters establishing a broader political dialogue. Now there are institutionalised annual summits and other high-level meetings held alternately in China and Europe. The EU and China: a necessary partnership, p.
Chaillot Paper No. The EU and China engage in regular trade, political and economic dialogue meetings, and have over 24 sectoral dialogues that span issues of mutual interest including environmental protection, industrial policy, space, agriculture, satellite systems, civil aviation, information society, transport, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, education and culture As multilateral negotiations proceed among different players at different levels, mutlilateralism is reflected in different level EU-China meetings ranging from the Annual EU-China summits of Prime Ministers, to meetings of Foreign ministers, meetings between Political Directors and Geographic Directors, meetings at expert level.
Government level meetings cover high diplomacy issues such as foreign policy, illegal migration and human rights.
There is also a Human Rights Dialogue and Seminar. Progress has also been made on related problematic interpretations of international instruments. Poverty and poor education were recognised as a common issue that hampers child protection. Full enforcement of laws to protect children is a further barrier and remains a sensitive area of divergence between China and the EU The sectoral dialogues are especially important when conflicts arise, as for example, in over the Chinese regulatory environment for foreign companies and differences over intellectual property rights, their regulation and appropriate legislative mechanisms and enforcement These are areas where multilateral diplomacy would offer plenty of scope for going beyond the initial and necessary exploration of positions and interests to trying to elaborate common understandings and processes that would support the enforcement of commonly agreed legislative codes and regulations.
Intellectual property rights and the associated issues of counterfeiting are sensitive issues in EU-China relations. On 30 October both sides reached agreement on a structured dialogue between the Ministry of Com- merce which is coordinator from the Chinese side and DG Trade which is the coordinator from the EU side.
Commission of the European Communities Brussels, COM final. China has recognised its diverse interests with the EU, but also warned the EU against interfering in its domestic affairs The most tense area remains deep differences between the EU and China in respect of human rights and what the EU regards as their breach in China. Growing uncertainty in the EU during the recession regarding the uncertain regulatory environment in China and differential application of rules for firms is likely to make for continuing problems and tension.
Beyond that, two areas of concern and interest to both the EU and China are energy security and climate change, both of which are flashpoints as well as areas where tension can be defused to mutual advantage through comprehensive soft tools of multilateral diplomacy. It is important to remember that for all the EU member states, in international relations the EU multiplies their individual and collective interests and that at times the image of division conceals this deeply entrenched interest to common outcomes. Energy Security A dialogue on energy and the environment began in Since , a joint Energy Development Programme has resulted in action plans on clean coal, energy and renewable resources, with the EU also committing itself to a zero-energy generation project with China.
Energy security and access to energy markets are areas of common concern to the EU and China.
The burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil for energy generation, transport and other activities are major sources of CO2 and other greenhouse gases GHGs which directly threaten the environment. The EU has also recognised its heavy dependence on imported gas from Russia and the Persian Gulf and the possibility of competition between China and the EU for oil from those regions Energy Policy, Vol.
Pub: Elsevier, 19 Austin, A International Energy Agency, Paris The IEA report noted that China consumed 7. Despite its huge coal reserves, China is becoming increasingly dependent on imported crude oil and fuel oil in order to maintain its own energy security, in addition to its domestic coal reserves. Among its major exports are: office machines, data processing and telecommunications equipment, electrical machinery and textiles.
China imports mainly commodities: iron and steel, oil and mineral fuels; machinery and equipment, plastics, optical and medical equipment and organic chemicals There are very strong economic links between the EU and China, and friction over trade is long-standing As a result of these strong links and on the growing dependence of both the EU and China on imported oil in particular, any lack of cooperation between the two in the area of energy may have severe impacts for the energy security of both parties.
In this area it is vital that strong cooperation is maintained and where activities such as EU support of the development of clean coal technology in China could be vital to potentially reduce competition for declining oil resources. Exim Bank of China has promised to finance major infrastructure, including electricity and water supplies. China has become the majority stakeholder in its joint mining venture with Congolese miners for copper, coltan and cassiterite needed by high tech industry The risk of environmental damage resulting from climate change is seen by both the EU and China as a matter of global concern.
This is despite failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit to reach agreement on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol The EU 21 Casarini, N Occasional Paper No. One of the highest costs of economic development in China has been to the environment through air, water and land pollution. In that document Section 2, parts 2 and 3 it identifies the dominance of coal as an energy source This was the basis of further cooperation in respect of energy security and research with European researchers gaining experience of future nuclear energy use at the sites of newer Chinese reactors Moreover, China wants its own nuclear industry to export and build nuclear reactors in partnership with firms outside China.
Its nuclear capacity is expected to make it the world leader in terms of technology and forward planning. This would increase competition for Korea and others30 and the President of the China National Nuclear Corporation, Sun Qin, has promised a break big through in expansion overseas In addition, China is likely to overtake India for IT outsourcing and off-shoring. While the EU and China continue to have different approaches regarding ethical issues in biotechnology, medical science and genetic engineering, it is clear that China is building capacity rapidly to address and number of core issues central to global change.
All are strategically crucial to realising green goals. This was stressed at the 12th EU China summit in In light of the failure to reach agreement at Copenhagen, China Daily April reported that the EU and China have established a ministerial level dialogue mechanism on climate change, in advance of a new Climate Change Summit to be held in Cancun in December Maintaining 27 Freeman, D and Holslag, J Cn, June With the strong trade and economic links between the EU and China, there is potential for any multilateral actions taken by them on climate change to heavily influence what happens elsewhere and hopefully lead to a more successful outcome than the Copenhagen Summit of on this issue.
In light of the increasing interdependence of the EU and China in terms of trade and the strong influence China holds over world markets for oil, food and raw materials, multilateral agreement on areas such as energy and the environment are vital. The EU and United States accused China of restricting the export of key raw materials used in the production of steel and other industrial products in a complaint filed in July with the World Trade Organisation Keeping the door open by using the tools of soft diplomacy is crucial.
Trade-offs are possible for both parties. Among EU member states, France has a particular interest in the development potential of the nuclear industry and seeks greater engagement on that issue in China, as does Russia In April , China and France renewed their agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The first Franco-Chinese protocol was signed in The three year protocol, the tenth of its kind, includes efforts in radioactive waste treatment, controllable nuclear fusion and personnel training. In November , China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and Areva of France signed an eight-billion-euro nuclear energy deal, the biggest commercial contract ever signed by France's nuclear energy industry.
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I should like to advocate that a great deal of attention be paid to the interconnection of route plans at international level , therefore. We shall vote against the resolution in protest against those paving the way for even greater exploitation of the masses. Thus, I hope that both Korea and the EU will be able to overcome today's economic downturn through mutual cooperation and jointly pave the way towards a new and common prosperity.
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