China, the EU and the Netherlands – A Chinese Perspective

Photograph: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. Creative Commons.


Recent shifts in international relations increase the importance of the relations between China, as a rising power, and the EU. Vincent Chang, fellow at the LeidenAsiaCentre since November, illustrates how diplomats, policy makers and IR-specialists in Beijing, Shanghai, Brussels and the Hague view this challenge. Especially with the question: Do they see a role for the Netherlands?


Besides a broad analysis of recent Chinese literature (among which policy documents, academic publications and press and mediareports), the research draws from interviews with about 30 policy makers, diplomats and observers.


This research was conducted between September 2016 and February 2017.