“As China meets the world” is a selection of papers presented at an international conference held in Vienna in 2004 under the same heading. Aiming at a better understanding of how China has emerged as one of the world powers of tomorrow and addressing issues like the Taiwan crisis or the China-EU diplomacy the conference volume traces China’s encounters with the international community, its institutions and legal implications over the course of the 20th century. Thus, it focuses on China’s integration into and cooperation with international organizations such as the League of Nations and the UN. An outcome of this exploration, especially in view of its historical dimension, consists in the finding that there is no internal development in China that could be understood without taking external factors into consideration. Still, in their evaluation of recent developments and the present situation the contributors to this volume, coming from China and the West, go one important step further by stating: the outside world has not only been a challenge to China’s transformation process, but China is a challenge to the world.
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