By Richard Balme, Brian Bridges
Europe and Asia are significant centres for the advance of multi-polar and multi-lateral relatives. This quantity explores the substance and demeanour during which the member nations of the ecu and their Asian opposite numbers have interaction at bilateral, multi-lateral and inter-regional degrees.
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Furthermore, during the first postwar decades, Europe’s institutional region-building process was focused primarily on economic integration and economic instruments rather than on political institutions, 27 28 Inter-Regional Relations in a Globalizing Context including a common foreign and security policy which only appeared on the stage as a result of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty. This added to Asians’ perceptions of the growing irrelevance of Europe. The new Asia – including a China in transition from Maoism to a market economy – was torn between economic policies firmly led by the nation-state, and a new market liberalization and push towards free trade: these changes hardly included a move towards region-wide economic institutions.
Bilateralism can be examined at two levels: between individual European countries and individual Asian countries, and between individual Asian countries and the EU. All of the EU member states have diplomatic relations with the states normally included in definitions of Asia, except for North Korea, which is not yet recognized by France, and, more importantly, for Taiwan, which, as Czeslaw Tubilewicz shows in Chapter 9, remains an anomaly, recognized only by one west European state (the Vatican) and relying instead on ‘flexible’, economic-based diplomacy to maintain and even slowly upgrade its de facto representation across the EU.
Structure and content of the book This volume consists of two main sections. The first section discusses some of the key issues in EU–Asia relations from a multilateral and interregional perspective, covering Europe’s external relations mechanisms, European policies towards Asia and Asian regional organizations such as ASEAN (the Association of South-East Asian Nations), Asian responses and the broad economic, social and political dimensions of the relationship. The second section examines key ‘bilateral’ relationships between Europe and Greater China, Japan, the Korean peninsula, and India.