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China's and the European Union's energy security challenges in the 21st century

Since the end of the Cold War, China and the European Union (EU) have experienced a dramatic transformation. Both have been forced to adjust to the new global environment and to the accelerated speed of a globalized economy. While in recent decades one could argue that they had few shared interests, today the situation differs because boundaries between the global and the domestic have been blurred. Both polities have common vulnerabilities and interests in the areas of energy, environmental protection, and sustainability, which call for mutual cooperation. But how should they proceed in terms of producing favorable conditions for such cooperation?

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