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Europe and the Challenge of the Asia Pacific

Change, Continuity and Crisis Brian Bridges, formerly Professor, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, PRC
This innovative new book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of contemporary economic, political and security relations between Western Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Extent: 240 pp
Hardback Price: $141.00 Web: $126.90
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 978 1 85898 497 1
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Asian Politics
  • European Politics and Policy
This innovative new book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of contemporary economic, political and security relations between Western Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

After discussing the historical legacies of colonialism and de-colonization, the book examines the successive economic challenges from first Japan, then the Asian Newly Industrializing Economies, and most recently Southeast Asia and China. It also analyses the slowly emerging and less well-known political and security aspects to the relationship. Regionalism in both Europe and the Asia pacific is discussed, as is the impact of the Asian financial crisis since mid-1997 on relations with Europe. The book concludes that the future Euro-Asian relationship will be influenced by moves towards greater European integration, the way in which Asia responds to the current financial crisis and by the development of the new region-to-region dialogue.

This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of Asian studies and international economics and politics.
‘Bridges’ book provides a rich pool of sources, information, and statistical data, a comprehensive and updated description of the countries and issues composing the EU–Asia Pacific relationship. The reading flows easily, unencumbered by jargon. As such, it is a valuable resource, both to students of this subject as well as interested laypersons.’
– Noemi Gal-Or, European Integration

‘The book covers an amazing amount of ground. But it does so without drifting into superficiality. . . . I can recommend this book to anyone who wants a single source of information about what have been the major issues in the AP region in recent years and how they have affected AP–Europe relations. It is also a useful aide-memoire for people who need to brush up on specific topics (there is a good index). Highly recommended.’
– David Wall, International Affairs

‘This is an important pioneering study in a shifting relationship.’
– Roger Buckley, Asahi Evening News

‘. . . a fine new study . . . Brian Bridges explores how Europe and Asia have progressed from hostility to their present state of qualified cordiality. His nuanced primer deserves to be widely studied and discussed in the corridors of the EU, ASEAN and APEC.’
– Roger Buckley, Far Eastern Economic Review

‘Brian Bridges’s study is a comprehensive work of scholarship, touching on aspects of European-Asian relationships previously neglected by other scholars, and written in a style easily accessible to the general reader. It deserves a wide audience.’
– Robert Taylor, University of Sheffield, UK
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Legacies of History 3. Japan: Beyond Competition 4. The Asian Tigers 5. The Southeast Asian ‘Community’ 6. Coping with China 7. Regionalism at Work 8. Developing a Political Partnership 9. Summits and Slumps 10. Looking Back and Looking Forward Bibliography Index