Asia and Europe: The Development and Different Dimensions of by Lay Hwee Yeo

By Lay Hwee Yeo

This e-book presents a scientific and thorough exam of the Asia-Europe assembly (ASEM) strategy which brings jointly the fifteen european member states, the ecu fee and ten East and Southeast Asian international locations. the writer not just strains the particular improvement of the ASEM method, but in addition contextualises ASEM inside 3 diversified diplomacy theoretical frameworks, as considered by way of realists, social constructivists and institutionalists.

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Both Goh Chok Tong, Singapore’s prime minister, and Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s senior minister, in their speeches to the 1994 WEF Europe/East Asia Economic Summit, spoke forcefully of a dynamic East Asia and its growing economic power. These speeches also underscored the need for these three powers to have strong linkages between them. In addition, the speakers lamented that while strong transatlantic (US-EU/NATO) and transpacific (APEC/bilateral US-Japan, US-South Korea) ties existed, comparable links between Europe and Asia were missing.

Most of ASEAN’s success really came by way of common political stances vis-à-vis third parties, especially against Communist states. The first major development faced by ASEAN was the collapse of the non-Communist governments in Cambodia and South Vietnam. The first ASEAN Heads of Government/State Summit was held in Bali in 1976 to signify ASEAN’s unity and determination to press ahead with cooperation. Then came the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1978. 28 ASEAN has in general been an outward-oriented organisation, and has sought to establish ties with various key countries to secure its interests.

This was submitted to the ASEM EMM held in Japan in September 1997 for their endorsement. The economic ministers endorsed the IPAP for adoption at ASEM 2 and agreed to the suggestion for the establishment of an Investment Experts’ Group (IEG) to act as an interface between the government and the business sector in following up the initiatives recommended in the IPAP. The IPAP was adopted by the ASEM leaders during the London ASEM. TFAP The TFAP is aimed at reducing non-tariff trade barriers and promoting trade opportunities between the two regions while complementing work carried out in other bilateral and multilateral fora.

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