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China s Energy and Raw Material Diplomacy and the Implications for the EU-China Relations


  • Frank Umbach


The objective of this paper is to analyse China s energy and raw material diplomacy in the context of recent global energy developments and the EU-China relationship. For several years, the EU and its member states pay increasingly attention to China's energy diplomacy, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. In the view of the EU, China's neo-mercantilist energy policies are threatening the EU s foreign and developments policies such as in Africa. In contrast to China s official non-intervention policies, they are guided by political pre-conditions of supporting democracy, market economies, human rights, good governance and sustainability. As the result of economic and foreign policy globalization on both sides, China s energy diplomacy in the Middle East and Africa has become one of the new controversial issues of an increasingly ambivalent and complex EU-China relationship of regional and global cooperation, competition and diplomatic conflicts.

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  • Frank Umbach, 2007. "China s Energy and Raw Material Diplomacy and the Implications for the EU-China Relations," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 36(1), pages 39-56.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:36:y:2007:i:1:p:39-56

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