China, the European Union and the Developing World
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China, the European Union and the Developing World

A Triangular Relationship

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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Chapter 7: India’s role in the world: implications for multilateralism and global governance

Jivanta Schöttli


Within an emerging multi-polar world order, the European Union (EU) has often articulated the need for systemic, rule-based cooperation, referred to as ‘effective multilateralism’, which draws upon the EU’s preference for soft power. Moving away from the traditional idea that peace among nations is a function of political systems, Europe has turned towards the belief that the forces of global economic interdependence can be harnessed for the promotion of global governance. This chapter posits that identity plays a key role in influencing a country’s approach to international relations. Furthermore, in the case of such large and complex political entities as the European Union, India or China, it is all the more necessary to highlight processes of identity formation that feed into the framing and implementation of policies.

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