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China, the European Union and the Developing World

China, the European Union and the Developing World

A Triangular Relationship

Leuven Global Governance series

Edited by Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay

China, the European Union and the Developing World provides a comparative analysis of Chinese and EU influence across five different regions of the developing world: Asia-Pacific; South and Central Asia; the Middle East and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and Latin America. While there is broad acknowledgement that the importance of China is rising across the developing world, this book offers a comprehensive and comparative account of the relative increase of the Chinese presence in the various different regions. It highlights its impact on the relationship between the EU and the developing world regions and shows how the rise of China affects the relations between these regions and Europe.

Chapter 1: The historical links between China, Europe and the developing world

Jean-Christophe Defraigne

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, asian politics and policy, development studies, law and development, law - academic, asian law, european law, law and development, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, asian politics, european politics and policy, international relations, regulation and governance


In order to assess the recent evolution of the respective influences of China and Europe in the various regions considered by this book, it is necessary to understand their respective histories of expansion in the world and the types of economic, political and cultural links they have developed in this process. The exceptional growth of the Chinese economy over the last three decades has clearly made China an indispensable world player and one that now has an impact in all the regions of the world. However, this impact varies and it affects the relations of these regions with Europe in very different ways. Long-term historical trends also explain why the means used today by China to develop its relations with regions around the world are different from those used by Europe. This chapter provides a comparative long-term view of the relations between the different regions of the developing world and, respectively, Europe and China.