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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 6: India, China and the European Union: changing engagements and new relations

Ummu Salma Bava

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


The political and economic rise of China, especially since the end of the Cold War, has transformed the dynamics not only between the countries of East Asia, but also between China and the rest of the world. The economic giant is part of a new set of actors – the emerging powers – which also includes India. The emerging powers are expected to overtake the existing G-8 economically and to dominate international politics as well. The emerging powers already collaborate on a number of global issues in different platforms. Simultaneously, the European Union (EU) has also emerged as a strong economic and political actor in international politics. The EU has strategic partnerships with both China and India that are different in their engagement and outcome. Indian, Chinese and European engagement has thus to be situated within a larger context.

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