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 8: Engaging with Central Asia: China compared to the European Union

Fabienne Bossuyt


In highlighting the recent evolution of China’s and the European Union’s (EU) involvement in Central Asia, this chapter offers an analysis of both actors’ relations with five countries: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In doing so, the chapter starts with a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the evolution of trade, foreign direct investment (FDI) and aid flows between both the EU and China and the Central Asian countries. This is followed by an outline of the main bilateral initiatives, partnerships and agreements developed by China and the EU with Central Asia. Particular attention is paid in this outline to the factors that have been driving the EU’s and China’s interests in establishing stronger ties with the region. The chapter ends with a summary of the main points discussed.

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