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The european is now a big participant in globalization as a result of its fiscal energy and place in alternate relatives. The expansion has ended in a better IR profile for the ecu and european exterior international relations has been deeply tormented by the occasions surrounding 9-11. even as fiscal improvement and transition politics have additionally reworked local and diplomacy one of the Asian states over the last twenty years. Europe and Asia are hence 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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The ‘ASEAN model’ of cooperation, consensus and dialogue is being slowly diffused throughout the Asian region, mostly notably through the multilateral regional organizations such as the ASEAN 18 Introducing Asia, Europe and the Challenges of Globalization Regional Forum, which has a security focus, and the ASEAN + 3 (which puts the ten ASEAN members together with China, Japan and South Korea to talk mostly about socioeconomic issues), but two problems remain. First, ‘Asia’ is much less clearly defined in institutional terms than ‘Europe’.

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So it is not surprising that Asia, with a much shorter history of regional multilateralist thinking, is still in a state of fluidity over its identity as expressed in terms of regional organizational limits. Secondly, how far are ASEAN and other nascent Asian regional organizations willing or able to replicate the EU model of integration? Although the 1997–98 Asian financial crisis and other regional problems did prompt re-evaluations of the objectives and modalities of the Asian cooperation processes, as argued by François Godement in Chapter 2 and Yeo Lay Hwee in Chapter 5, neither ASEAN nor any other regional organizations are ready or prepared to follow the EU’s path of regional integration, particularly as the socioeconomic and political differences within even regional organizations such as ASEAN constrain a common policy approach.

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