Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations
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Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations

Edited by Ramses A. Wessel and Jed Odermatt

Over the years, the European Union has developed relationships with other international institutions, mainly as a result of its increasingly active role as a global actor and the transfer of competences from the Member States to the EU. This book presents a comprehensive and critical assessment of the EU’s engagement with other international institutions, examining both the EU’s representation and cooperation as well as the influence of these bodies on the development of EU law and policy.
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Chapter 29: The EU and the Asia Pacific

Chien-Huei Wu


This chapter examines the EU’s engagement with the Asia Pacific by focusing on four regional organizations, ASEAN, and related fora: the ARF and ASEM, SAARC, APEC and PIF. The nature and progress of the EU’s engagements differ. The variation demonstrates that the degree of institutionalization and regionbuilding of its counterpart heavily impacts the EU’s approach. It also points to the difficulties the EU experiences in trying to adapt and maintain a one size fits all approach. While consistency and coherence are desirable, to a large extent success will be dependent on the capacity of the counterpart, which explains the geometry of the EU’s engagements with the Asia Pacific region.

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