The European Union and East Asia: an economic relationship

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Publication Date 1999
ISBN 0-415-17199-7 (Hbk)
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The world economy continues to be dominated by the Triad regions Europe, North America and East Asia. This text analyses the economic relationship that has evolved between the European Union and East Asia and its future prospects, especially in the wake of the recent financial crises that have shaken the East Asian region. The author examines the development of economic diplomacy and exchange between the EU and its East Asian trading partners: Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in both bilateral and multilateral contexts. The inter-regional dimension provided by the Asia Europe Meetings (ASEM) is also considered, as are theoretical perspectives from the field of international political economy on these different relationships. Furthermore, the economic development and future challenges facing the East Asian states are studied with special reference to the region's recent financial crisis. The book argues that the EU must afford greater priority in promoting its economic relationship with East Asia. It also proposes that the EU and major East Asian powers must assume greater responsibilities in managing the international economic order.
Christopher M Dent is Senior Lecturer in Economics and European Studies at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside and is the author of The European Economy: the global context (1997).

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