BEYOND THE TRIADIC WORLD ORDER: THE ROLE AND PATTERNS OF TRADE AND ECONOMICS IN EU-ASIA RELATIONS

in The European Union and Asia
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Abstract

This section offers a detailed critique of the patterns of trade and economics which underlie contemporary EU-Asia relations. One of the key arguments of this contribution is the assertion that the various economic, political, social and cultural aspects of EU-Asia contacts are 'bundled, inter-related and interwoven. Against this general background, the author analyses in some depth the Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs) in Asia – known as the ‘Asian Tigers’. He places a particular emphasis on China, South Asia, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and on the economic ‘pillar’ of the process of ‘Asia-Europe Meetings’ (ASEM), the EU-Asia summitry which was inaugurated over a decade ago. The issues encompassed by the investigation which follows range from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to European Union Aid and Development Policy. The evaluation offered here includes a critique of EU trade policies, and an examination of the wave of new, bilateral, Free Trade Agreements now being concluded throughout many parts of Asia.

The European Union and Asia

Reflections and Re-orientations

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