The European Union and the Modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army Navy
This article argues that the European Union has more interests in the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) modernisation and maritime security issues in East Asia than has traditionally been recognised. The PRC’s naval modernisation intersects with the EU’s foreign and security policy interests in five main areas: the international Law of the Sea; the risks for Europe of being dragged into an Asian maritime conflict and the safety of European trade with Asian partners; Europe’s competitiveness in international markets for naval military systems; the potential for maritime security cooperation against non-traditional threats; and finally, the arms embargo issue and the question of naval technology transfers to China. Through an assessment of the current PLAN modernisation – and Europe’s significant contribution to this effort – the article argues that European policy towards China doesn’t adequately address these five policy areas.
Index by keyword :European Union, Maritime Security, EU embargo, UNCLOS, anti-piracy, arms sales, naval technologies, People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)
Mathieu Duchâtel and Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix, « The European Union and the Modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army Navy », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/4 | 2011, Online since 30 December 2014, connection on 23 March 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/5723Top of page
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