This book focuses on helping readers to fill the gap of the little known history between Western Europe and its most important trading partner: the People's Republic of China. Inspired by the economic and political signifance of Sino-European relations, this book shows how the China policies of the three biggest states of Western Europe - Britain, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany - helped China reintegrate into the international community in the 1970s. Against the background of the Cold War, the end of Maoism, and the emergence of globalization, the governments in Bonn, Paris and London had to find ways of dealing with Europe's declining influence and promote their own national interests in Asia.
Based on newly declassified government files, readers will find such sources invaluable in understanding the argument that, despite pursuing very different policies, the three governments supported a rapid expansion of peaceful exchange between the People's Republic and Europe and substantially contributed to the success of Beijing's reform policy.
Martin Albers works for the Administration of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany. Previously he worked for the German think-tank Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and his research interests include twentieth-century European history and contemporary relations between Europe and Asia.
Chapter One: Introduction.- Chapter Two: Historical Background to Sino-European Rapprochement in the 1970s.- Chapter Three: Western Europe and Détente in East Asia, 1969-1972.- Chapter Four: Promotion of European Exports to China and the Role of Economic Diplomacy, 1969-1972.- Chapter Five: The Diplomacy of High-Level Visits During The Twighlight of Maoism, 1973-1977.- Chapter Six: Widening and Deepening the Relationship with China before the Reforms, 1973-1977.- Chapter Seven: The'Alliance Era' and Strategic Cooperation with China, 1978-1982.- Chapter Eight: Promoting Transnational Exchange with China in the Age of Reform, 1978-1982.- Chapter Nine: Conclusion.