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 15: China-DRC: a convergence of interests?

Bob Kabamba


In recent years, some international relations’ theorists have highlighted the emergence of new actors in relations with African countries, mostly concerning emerging countries gathered within the BRICS Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). China holds a prominent position amongst these new actors. Numerous reports have been published by various international organizations and more research is being done. Most of them confirm that the rise of China is supplanting the traditional powers, mainly former colonial countries and the United States of America. After their independence, most African countries appeared as ‘subservient states’ within the global system. Besides bipolarization (that is alignment with liberal and communist blocs) produced by the Cold War, African leaders had to cope with interference coming essentially from ex-colonial powers eager to keep and control their respective areas of influence.

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