Using the theory of neoliberalism, Ying Huang examines the leitmotifs of Germany’s China policy after reunification. The analysis shows that German China policy always represents a balancing act between value dominance and domination of interests. Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder, and Angela Merkel have different ways of striking this balance, so that the preferences for a China policy are a product of strong actors at the national (Federal Government, Bundestag, interest groups) and international level (EU, USA, NGOs). The author explains the circumstances and reasons of the fluctuations and provides an intensive insight into the formulation and implementation of German policy on China.
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