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China and Europe: security before principles?

As it increases its influence in the developing world, China now faces the same kind of challenges as are confronted by Europe.

The ongoing conflict in Libya is such an example. Chinese and European workers have been forced to flee the country, leading to a huge loss of business. Such problems are likely to reoccur as the resource-rich regions of the Middle East and Africa are not exactly well known for their political stability.

However, if facing similar problems, China and Europe have vastly different foreign and security policy stances. This has also been exposed by the Libyan crisis, with China severely criticising NATO bombing missions.

In this commentary for the China Daily, I argue that China and Europe have a mutual interest in putting their differences aside and cooperating on international security issues.

Miwa Hirono

Published inChinaInternational Politics

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