The Value and the Limitations of Comprehensive Multilateralism - An EU Perspective on the Asia-Europe Meeting

Thomas Christiansen, Shelly Tsui

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This article examines the attitudes of the European Union on the development of Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). It looks first at the trajectory of EU positions on ASEM, before specific sections explore the EU perspective on the style and format of ASEM, on the substantive issues under discussion, and on the wider geo-political relevance of the institution. In order to provide a critical assessment of the EU’s position, the article also discusses some of the key alternative relationships the EU has with the Asia-Pacific region, be it multilaterally or bilaterally. By way of conclusion, the article argues that despite the limitations of ASEM, the process still retains an added value in the context of the wider diplomacy between the EU and its Asian partners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-252
JournalEuropean Foreign Affairs Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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