Africa-China-Europe trilateral co-operation: Is Europe naïve?

By Sven Grimm

Opinion No. 1 - November 2008

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The European Commission is suggesting trilateral dialogue and co-operation among Africa, China and Europe. This sounds either bold or naïve. There is substance for – at times controversial – discussion among China, Africa and Europe, for sure. It would, indeed, be naïve to assume that trilateral discussion will easily result in finding a consensus. But not talking will not get us anywhere, either.