Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Subscribe now for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

The European Union and China's rise in Africa: Competing visions, external coherence and trilateral cooperation

The European Union and China's rise in Africa: Competing visions, external coherence and... Abstract This study analyses the impact of China's rise in Africa on the European Union (EU). Contrary to conventional wisdom, it argues that the EU's renewed interest in Africa is not the result of China's new assertiveness in the continent, but is a consequence of the EU's ambitions to become an influential global actor and the consequent search for a more coherent external policy. Africa, thus, represented an ideal venue in which different EU actors could simultaneously pursue traditional development goals together with new political objectives. Moreover, the existence of three competing visions within the EU negatively affected its ability to constructively engage with China: the European Commission sought to affirm the EU's aspiration to become an influential global actor; the European Parliament projected its preference for a value-based development policy, blended with paternalistic overtones; the Council of the European Union was driven more by the emotional reactions of some member states, who did not want to lose their position as Africa's main reference point. Unsurprisingly, the result has been a confused message, which China has found hard to follow, never mind Africa, since they were not effectively involved in the process and were sceptical about the whole idea of ‘trilateral cooperation’. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Contemporary African Studies Taylor & Francis

The European Union and China's rise in Africa: Competing visions, external coherence and trilateral cooperation

Journal of Contemporary African Studies , Volume 29 (2): 19 – Apr 1, 2011
19 pages

Loading next page...
 
/lp/taylor-francis/the-european-union-and-china-apos-s-rise-in-africa-competing-visions-eGqdUgMbhd

References (56)

Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1469-9397
eISSN
0258-9001
DOI
10.1080/02589001.2011.555195
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Abstract This study analyses the impact of China's rise in Africa on the European Union (EU). Contrary to conventional wisdom, it argues that the EU's renewed interest in Africa is not the result of China's new assertiveness in the continent, but is a consequence of the EU's ambitions to become an influential global actor and the consequent search for a more coherent external policy. Africa, thus, represented an ideal venue in which different EU actors could simultaneously pursue traditional development goals together with new political objectives. Moreover, the existence of three competing visions within the EU negatively affected its ability to constructively engage with China: the European Commission sought to affirm the EU's aspiration to become an influential global actor; the European Parliament projected its preference for a value-based development policy, blended with paternalistic overtones; the Council of the European Union was driven more by the emotional reactions of some member states, who did not want to lose their position as Africa's main reference point. Unsurprisingly, the result has been a confused message, which China has found hard to follow, never mind Africa, since they were not effectively involved in the process and were sceptical about the whole idea of ‘trilateral cooperation’.

Journal

Journal of Contemporary African StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2011

Keywords: EU–Africa relations; EU development policy; EU–China relations; trilateral cooperation; policy coherence

There are no references for this article.