Climate, energy and trade in EU–China relations: synergy or conflict?

Espa, Ilaria (2017). Climate, energy and trade in EU–China relations: synergy or conflict? China-EU Law Journal, 6(1-2), pp. 57-80. Springer Link 10.1007/s12689-017-0076-0

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This article aims at assessing the state of Sino–European energy relations in light of the common challenges they face in the areas of energy security and sustainability, while providing some insight on whether international trade rules are well-equipped to encourage and facilitate cooperation, on the one hand, and defuse potential conflicts, on the other, between China and the EU. Section 1 introduces the topic. Section 2 gives an account of the climate and energy profiles of both China and the EU with a view to highlighting their shared interests in the field and the potential for synergies in the areas of energy security and energy sustainability. Section 3 illustrates how energy cooperation between China and the EU has evolved over the years and identifies its main strengths and weaknesses. Section 4 discusses the role that international trade rules can play in fostering China–EU energy cooperation and provides a case study on the how World Trade Organization (WTO) rules on export restrictions could enhance energy security. This is followed by some conclusions on the potential of the WTO system to advance Sino–EU energy relations and, more generally, global energy governance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Espa, Ilaria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation

ISSN:

1868-5153

Publisher:

Springer Link

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rebecca Anne Gilgen

Date Deposited:

13 Jul 2017 17:17

Last Modified:

01 Jul 2018 02:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s12689-017-0076-0

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.101643

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/101643

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