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Between Economic Interests and Political Constraints

The Federal Republic of Germany and the People's Republic of China during the Early Cold War

Giovanni Bernardini    Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico-Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italia    

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This article deals with the relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of China during the early Cold War decades. The traditional historiographical paradigm of the East-West confrontation assumes that any form of cooperation was impossible between the two countries. However, a shift of focus from the political sphere to the economic one reveals how pattern of conduct predating 1949, as well as purely economic reasons, brought actors from both sides to agree on a set of rules for bilateral exchange, and to improve the trade performance despite the highs and lows of the political climate and the bloc allegiance of both countries.

Published
May 3, 2018
Accepted
May 27, 2017
Submitted
April 3, 2017
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-221-5
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-220-8

Keywords: Chinese Committee for the Promotion of InternationGerman businessChina National Import & Export CorporationOst-Ausschuss der Deutschen WirtschaftCOCOMCold WarEast-West TradeFederal Republic of GermanyChina National Import & Export CorporationPeople’s Republic of China

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