The European Union and East Asia

The European Union and East Asia

Interregional Linkages in a Changing Global System

Edited by Peter W. Preston and Julie Gilson

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.

Preface

Edited by Peter W. Preston and Julie Gilson

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, asian politics and policy, economics and finance, asian economics, politics and public policy, asian politics, european politics and policy

Extract

The global system has seen sweeping changes in recent years. The economic, social and political dynamics of that system, the nature of the regions within it and the implications of these changes for the governments and peoples of individual countries have become key questions for the social sciences. In turn, there is increasing interest in the interchange between the internal dynamics and regional interlinkages of the European Union and East Asia. A series of formal and substantive issues can be identified: firstly, the task of establishing an agenda of enquiry where divergent cultural expectations, intellectual traditions and political concerns militate against any simple declarations; secondly, clarifying the nature of political-economic, socialinstitutional and political-cultural linkages within the context of the developing global system; and thirdly, detailing the political processes central to the development of linkages between the European Union and East Asia. The editors hope that the papers collected in this volume will contribute to clarifying these issues. xiii PRELIMS 12/9/01 8:51 am Page 14