The “images” which have commonly distinguished Brussels’s relations with Beijing (starting from the 1990s) and Tokyo (since the Cold War years) appear actually the result of the concurrence of events and of structuring factors that denoted trade problems on the surface, or dysfunctions generated by the systemic variable. Nonetheless, in this paper I try to explain that these problems are fundamentally based on a much more complex and inherent divergence of two universes of values and different political cultures. Zhao Tingyang’s theory on “relation rationality” and the Japanese ethical notion of “relational coexistence” (linked to Watsuji Tetsurō) may help to inscribe and construct modern historical relations between China and Japan towards Europe into a narrative by bringing - in Carol Gluck’s words - “the outside in”. Finally, I analyze the relationship between the three actors in the light of the systemic changes occurred after the end of the bipolar system and especially following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, trying to highlight the potential of their political dialogue.

Frattolillo, O. (2013). "Sovereignty and Identity in EU-China-Japan Political Dialogue. A Theoretical Analysis". JOURNAL OF CHINESE STUDIES, 2(1), 102-118.

"Sovereignty and Identity in EU-China-Japan Political Dialogue. A Theoretical Analysis"

FRATTOLILLO, OLIVIERO
2013

Abstract

The “images” which have commonly distinguished Brussels’s relations with Beijing (starting from the 1990s) and Tokyo (since the Cold War years) appear actually the result of the concurrence of events and of structuring factors that denoted trade problems on the surface, or dysfunctions generated by the systemic variable. Nonetheless, in this paper I try to explain that these problems are fundamentally based on a much more complex and inherent divergence of two universes of values and different political cultures. Zhao Tingyang’s theory on “relation rationality” and the Japanese ethical notion of “relational coexistence” (linked to Watsuji Tetsurō) may help to inscribe and construct modern historical relations between China and Japan towards Europe into a narrative by bringing - in Carol Gluck’s words - “the outside in”. Finally, I analyze the relationship between the three actors in the light of the systemic changes occurred after the end of the bipolar system and especially following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, trying to highlight the potential of their political dialogue.
Frattolillo, O. (2013). "Sovereignty and Identity in EU-China-Japan Political Dialogue. A Theoretical Analysis". JOURNAL OF CHINESE STUDIES, 2(1), 102-118.
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