This book examines the involvement of the European Union (EU) and China in Central Asia and critically assesses the implications this has for the region as a whole.
The volume adopts a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from International Relations, EU Studies, International Economics, International Law, Sinology, and History. It concentrates on three thematic levels: (1) historical and contextual, (2) geopolitical and geo-economic, and (3) socio-cultural and institutional. Paying particular attention to the role of the EU and the factors driving the EU’s and China’s relations with Central Asia, it looks at how the Central Asian countries position themselves vis-à-vis China’s growing influence, and how the balance of power between China, Russia, and the EU plays out. Contributors also explore the important historical context of the ‘Silk Routes’, as well as of the erstwhile connection of the Central Asian states with the Soviet Union. Critically analysing the potential areas for collaboration and synergy between the EU and China, the book also discusses the extent to which they share a common ground in Central Asia that could serve as a basis for long-term cooperation.
It will be of interest to all scholars and students of International Relations, Economics, Sinology, and History.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|60 pages
Historical and contemporary contexts of China and the European Union in Central Asia
chapter 3|15 pages
The context of China's pursuits in Central Asia
chapter 4|21 pages
Sketching the context
part Part II|104 pages
Geopolitical implications of the European Union's and China's engagement with Central Asia
chapter 5|20 pages
European engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative
chapter 6|24 pages
The other actor
chapter 8|19 pages
Central Asian countries and their trade relations with the European Union and China
part Part III|108 pages
Soft power and governance perspectives on the European Union's and China's engagement with Central Asia