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Title:The EU straying from the norm: How the European Union has changed its narrative to respond to China’s belt and road initiative
Author(s):Prince, Victoria
Advisor(s):Larson, Jonathan
Contributor(s):Dai, Xinyuan
Department / Program:Liberal Arts & Sciences
Discipline:European Union Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):European Union
Belt and Road Initiative
normative power
Abstract:In 2013, China revealed its plan to increase connectivity along historical trade routes in parts of Europe, Asia, and the African continent with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The European Union (EU) is concerned with the effects that this initiative will have on the global status of the EU as well as on the relationships between the EU and China. I will explore how EU policy has changed recently due to the increase in global influence that China has seen through the initiative and whether or not China is successfully dividing the European Union through this initiative. The European Union is often described as a normative world power, that is, the EU acts in pursuit of its ideals rather than in a material or physical pursuit. My hypothesis is that the EU is straying from its normative power narrative and undertaking a more realist perspective in order to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. I will analyze the shifts in policy and rhetoric of the EU and the EU-China relationship as concerned with the timeline of the BRI through the official public relations outlets of the EU. This will be conducted through a frame analysis of the European Commission’s and European External Action Service’s information outputs.
Issue Date:2020-05-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Victoria Prince
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-26
Date Deposited:2020-05

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