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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 13: China and the European Union in Sub-Saharan Africa

Benjamin Barton and Ariane de Bellefroid

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 first decade of the 21st century bore witness to a number of catalytic changes within the international political sphere that have been accorded considerable levels of attention by mainstream Western media and political analysts, such as the 9/11 attacks, the War on Terror or lately the international financial crisis. Other developments of concomitant importance have received considerably less attention. This was the case regarding China’s meteoric return to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). At first, China’s rapid expansion was initially kept off the mainstream radar, until Western analysts, journalists and politicians could no longer turn a blind eye. When they finally turned their attention to this phenomenon, the response – for the most part – bordered both on frenetic fascination and apprehension, as Beijing was perceived to be directly threatening Western interests on the subcontinent. For the European Union (EU) in particular, China’s rise was interpreted as an intrusion into Europe’s supposedly ‘sacred’ backyard. With its foreign policy mindset focused elsewhere, Brussels was caught short by Beijing’s apparent opportunism.

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