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The European Union and East Asia

Interregional Linkages in a Changing Global System Edited by Peter W. Preston, Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology and Julie Gilson, Lecturer in International Studies, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
The global system has seen sweeping changes in recent years and this has precipitated a revival of interest in the relationship between Europe and Asia. This book examines the extent and nature of the regional linkages between East Asia and the European Union. Issues discussed include: the reactions and approaches of both regions to the Asian Crisis; postcolonialism and the balance of power in Europe-Asia Relations; trade relations between Europe and Asia and the revival of the Silk Road; and the development of the role of Asia-Europe Meetings.
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 394 7
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The global system has seen sweeping changes in recent years and this has precipitated a revival of interest in the relationship between Europe and Asia. This book examines the extent and nature of the regional linkages between East Asia and the European Union. Issues discussed include:

• the reactions and approaches of both regions to the Asian Crisis
• postcolonialism and the balance of power in Europe-Asia Relations
• trade relations between Europe and Asia and the revival of the Silk Road
• the development of the role of Asia-Europe Meetings.

This book assesses the role of divergent cultural expectations, intellectual traditions and political concerns in assessing ways to develop and consolidate the political-economic, social-institutional and political-cultural linkages between the two regions. This multi-disciplinary work will appeal to scholars of globalization and regional economics, international studies and Asian and European Studies.
‘This edited volume offers an important and much-needed contribution to our understanding of the complex inter-regional relationships between two of the global system’s most important economic, political and cultural sub-systems. . . It takes the reader down a relatively unexplored road and the various contributions offer high scholarship and a sharp insight into the complex and problematic relationship. The studies establish sufficient grounds for the development of an agenda for continuing research in the field. It has an evident appeal for policymakers, academics, students and a wider interested public and, quite appropriately, it is already becoming a standard reference on the subject.’
– Neil Renwick, European Foreign Affairs Review

‘This thoughtful and well-researched volume is to be welcomed for adding new dimensions and perspectives to what is still a comparatively understudied theme, the growing linkages between Europe and Asia. The contributors ably demonstrate not only that the two regions are increasingly intertwined economically, politically, socially, and culturally, but that the dynamics of these exchanges contribute crucially to the discourse over regionalism and its place in the global system. Itself the product of interregional collaboration, this collection contributes in a stimulating and timely manner to the expanding debate over regions and their place in the global system.’
– Brian Bridges, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Contributors: J. Clammer, H.-D. Evers, J.A. Gilson, M. Kaiser, S. Lawson, P. Lim, S. McGough, P.W. Preston, N.-L. Sum, J.-D. Tong, S.-L. Tseng, C. Zhao
Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction Part II: Setting up the Debate Part III: Europe–Asia Linkages Part IV: The Politics of Economic Linkages Part V: Conclusion Index