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Shaping Relations With Powerful Non-Democracies: The Limits And Constraints Of The EU Cooperation With China And Russia

Student: Daria Panteleimonova

Supervisor: Irina Busygina

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The large body of expert assessments given to the relations between the EU with Russia and the EU with China fails to explain why the EU seeks cooperation with China, making multiple concessions to them, putting Russia in second place, although both countries are authoritarian and do not seek to change their way of operating both domestically and internationally. This paper aims to explain how a democracy chooses the course to build its relations with strong non-democracies on the example of the EU with China and Russia, what constraints and limits are encountered during this process. To obtain the answer for this puzzle the comparison of Russia’s and China’s cases will be made. We will describe how the EU behaves as an international actor, as well as how the foreign policy of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China is formed. Using publications from the official websites of the European Union, a qualitative study of the changes in the EU's discourse in relation to the two countries will be conducted on the basis of the hypotheses derived. This work will present an explanation of relations between democracies and authoritarian countries, which can be useful in further research analyzing similar cases in the field of international relations.

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