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Research to study integration parallels between China and Europe
New research from the University of Kent's Brussels centre will study the parallels between European integration and similar moves in China, Hong Kong and Macau.
University economist Professor Roger Vickerman, who is Dean of the University of Kent, Brussels, is leading research that will see collaboration between Kent, Hong Kong and Chinese academics and other experts from around the world.
He said: 'We will explore the parallels between European experiences, such as the reunification of Germany and the eastern enlargements of 2004 and 2007, with the processes of integration now taking place between mainland China and the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions as well as within mainland China itself.
'By drawing on these parallels we can explore the potential economic, political and social dimensions of integration in the region,' he said.
The University is forming a research network to bring together European and Chinese scholars and other researchers from around the world who have an interest in such integration, added Professor Vickerman. The network already includes researchers from Kent's partner institutions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai as well as leading European, US and Australian universities.
An annual research workshop will be held to discuss findings, policy implications and future research needs. The proceedings will be published as an annual report that will be aimed at politicians, policy makers and business leaders as well as researchers.
Story published at 1:31pm 29 March 2011