Conjunction of EAEU and the Belt and Road Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe
Despite their differences, the EU and Chinese approaches to logistic connectivity are complementary, rather than competing. Europe does not have the same financial resources to invest in infrastructure as China does, but it does have considerable expertise in the establishment of strong investment, labor, and environmental standards. Through enhanced coordination in the area of soft infrastructure, the EU could foster the adoption of its regulatory practices and principles as a model for a common connectivity framework with the rest of Eurasia. This interest could best be served by initiating cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union.