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Jean-Christophe Defraigne

The purpose of this chapter is to assess to what extent the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can shift the balance of power within the world trading system by increasing connectivity across the Eurasian continent and its neighbours, thus transforming current international production networks (IPNs) and creating a higher degree of economic interdependency between China and the countries targeted by BRI schemes. This chapter will contextualize the amount of Chinese financial flows to the countries participating in the BRI. It will assess to what extent it is possible to claim that such flows have generated significant change in trade structures and IPNs that should strengthen China’s economic influence on the Eurasian continent. It will also attempt to see if Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in the BRI region are likely to generate a geographical extension of production processes from Chinese firms across the Eurasian continent and transform the global division of labour in ways that will significantly impact BRI recipient countries.

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Karima Fachqoul and Jean-Christophe Defraigne

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

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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.
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Maria Adele Carrai, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Jan Wouters

The introduction to the volume contextualizes the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in relation to global governance. After looking at the initiative within the broader geo-economics and geopolitical context, specifically Obama’s pivot to Asia, the introduction provides a literature review of the main research that has discussed the BRI and global governance. The introduction challenges the general view that sees China simply as a threat, and attempts to provide a more balanced, fact-based account of China as a possible responsible actor in global governance. It then introduces the various contributions and shows how their different perspectives on the rational of the initiative, the effects on geo-economics and the global financial system, contribute to gain new insights about the initiative and the normative relevance of Chinese new global presence.

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Edited by Maria A. Carrai, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Jan Wouters

This timely book examines the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), assessing its effect on the international economic order and global governance more broadly. Through a variety of qualitative case studies, the book investigates the implementation of the BRI and evaluates its development outcomes both for China and the countries it interacts with under the initiative, along with its international implications.
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Edited by Jan Wouters, Tanguy de Wilde, Pierre Defraigne and Jean-Christophe Defraigne