A Triangular Relationship
Edited by Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay
Chapter 6: India, China and the European Union: changing engagements and new relations
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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