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LECTURE- China and the EU in Central Asia, DIE, Bonn, Dec. 4, 2007

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LECTURE- China and the EU in Central Asia, DIE, Bonn, Dec. 4, 2007

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The German Development Institute (DIE)
and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF)

cordially invite you to a lecture on

"Competing views? China and the EU in Central Asia"

held by

Dr. SHAO Yuqun
Deputy Director, Department of South Asia Studies,
Shanghai Institute for International Studies,
Visiting Fellow at the German Development Institute

On TUESDAY, 4 December 2007
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hörsaal, Ground Floor
German Development Institute (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6, D - 53113 Bonn

Central Asia has recently received renewed public attention as the
European Union, under German presidency, has drafted and adopted a new
Central Asia strategy in the first half of 2007. The strategy comes in
the wake of such events as the Kyrgyz "Tulip Revolution" in spring
2005 and the shooting of demonstrators in Andijon, Uzbekistan, shortly
thereafter. It aims to combine Europe's interests in reliable energy
supply and effective measures against terrorism, religious extremism
and organised crime with a reinforced emphasis on the promotion of
human rights and democracy. Europe's influence in Central Asia,
however, depends largely on its relative weight compared to other
major powers interested in the region, namely Russia, the U.S., and
China. A geographic neighbour to Central Asia, China has taken an ever
increasing interest in the region since the former Soviet republics
became independent in 1991. Additional sources of energy, which China
needs to maintain its current level of economic growth, and the
prospect of an interesting market in the close vicinity of its less
developed Western province Xinjiang, are strong incentives for Beijing
to engage with Central Asia. In addition, China shares concerns about
political and religious extremism that it fears could spill over to
Muslim separatists in Xinjiang. How, then, do the European and the
Chinese perspectives on Central Asia relate to each other? Are the EU
and China natural competitors, or could they be possible partners, in
engaging with Central Asia?

Dr. SHAO Yuqun is an expert on Central Asia and China's Central Asia
policy. During her visiting fellowship at DIE in autumn 2007, she has
done extensive research on the European approach towards Central Asia.
Her lecture will present a comparative view of the Chinese and the
European Central Asia policies.

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