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Duggan Niall and Cottey Andrew
UACES 46th Annual Conference
China-EU Relations in Global Security Governance. A Study of Sino-EU Cooperation and Conflict in United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping
Queen Mary University of London,
Invited Lectures (Conference)
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On July 12, 2013, the People's Republic of China (China) sent 395 troops to Mali as part of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission. These troops formed the 30th Chinese peacekeeping mission since China first started dispatching peacekeepers in 1989. This deployment of troops was historic, as it was the first time China had sent combat troops on a peacekeeping mission. Traditionally, China has sent non-combat troops on UN missions, aligning with China's policy of non-interference. China's recent engagement in peacekeeping, particularly in Africa, can be seen as evidence that, in terms of security governance, China is adopting some Western norms (Alden and Large 2015). European nations are among the largest contributors to peacekeeping missions therefore underwrite many of the norms of the currently system of global security governance. The increase contribute of China to UN peacekeeping mission raises an important question: If China is adopting Western norms in peacebuilding, will greater cooperation between China and the West - in particular, the European Union (EU) - in peacekeeping missions ensue? This paper will examine the role of the EU as a normative power and the role of China as a new actor in global security governance, with a particular focus on UN peacekeeping. It will outline the roles China and the EU play in peacekeeping and the wider system of global security governance. This paper will also explore China-EU cooperation and conflict in UN peacekeeping mission, and it will feed into wider debates on China-EU relations.