Steven Langendonk contests the idea that Brussels’ new China strategy is indicative of greater agency. Instead, he says, the EU-China relationship is firmly grounded in internal struggles. The pressure is on to manipulate member states' sentiments and to provide a new political narrative for a changing relationship.
PhD candidate, Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven
Steven’s work, which is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), explores the intersection between Chinese foreign policy and diplomatic practice, ideology, and IR theory from the perspective of political sociology.
His current focus is on China’s multilateral diplomacy and problems of cross-cultural interpretation.
Steven's research has appeared in the Journal of Chinese Political Science.