Can the EU challenge China’s proactive role in Africa?

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Publication Date 07/12/2015
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When Chinese premier Xi Jinping unveiled some US$60bn in deals at the December 2015 China-Africa summit he underscored just how robust Beijing’s relationship with the continent has become. The impression from the media is that China is becoming the main external actor in Africa, and may even now be dominant. However, the European Union still has powerful cards left to play.

The EU’s role in Africa is not marginal. Its role has implications for the economic, political and the social fabric of African countries and institutions. The relationship is, of course, old and steeped in Europe’s prior colonisation of the continent, but it has also evolved in ways that tell an interesting story, on the one hand about the integration of postwar Europe and on the other its relationship with those former colonies.

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BBC News, 05.12.15: Zuma says China-Africa co-operation 'win-win'
Website: Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
EU: EEAS: The EU's relations with Africa
The Conversation, 08.12.15: When Xi met Mugabe, money was bound to flow freely
CAPX, 23.12.15: No, China is not undermining African democracy

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