Other perceptions of China: Views from Africa, Europe, and Latin America
The rise of China on the world stage has brought anxiety about the country’s geopolitical intentions, particularly among its Asian neighbors and in the United States. But in other regions of the world, China’s growth has elicited somewhat different responses. In Africa, China—which some have accused of behaving like a neo-colonial power—has helped finance critical infrastructure development; in Europe, politicians face the dilemma of attracting investors from a cash-rich country that also generates concerns from some interest groups; and in Latin America, China has become a major trading partner, undermining the special relationship of the United States with the continent.
On May 19, the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution hosted an event focusing on three regions where Chinese economic presence has increased greatly over the past few years: Africa, Europe, and Latin America. First, Richard Wike, director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center, provided a keynote discussion of recent survey research on how publics in these regions see China, including how they view the balance of power between the United States and China. A panel discussion featuring Brookings experts on these three regions further explored these issues.
Co-Director, East Asia Program; Director, China Program - Stimson Center
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I question whether the U.K. and EU will become political and economic rivals, as geography, history, financial interests, security concerns, and shared values will necessitate continued close cooperation in some form for the foreseeable future. My bigger concern is the all-consuming nature of Brexit, which could prevent the U.K. especially and the EU from engaging effectively against international rivals. Brexit already dominates debates in London, with a divided Cabinet and parliament having limited bandwidth to engage on global challenges. Even if the U.K. parliament ratifies a Brexit deal, the two sides must then embark on equally complicated and domestically contentious negotiations about their future relationship. In some form, Brexit will afflict Europe for years and risks detracting attention from emerging threats.