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East Asian Stability and Security: The Roles and Responsibilities of the EU

CHRISTOPHER HOLTBY

in The International Politics of EU-China Relations

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264089
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264089.003.0014

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

East Asian Stability and Security: The Roles and Responsibilities of the EU

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This chapter notes that the EU's external policy, like China's, is most strongly focused on its near abroad, but that it adopts an increasingly global perspective, something evidenced in its strategic dialogue process. It then examines five issue areas that have arisen in the EU–China interaction — the Korean peninsula, Iran, Aceh, the Regional Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and cross-Strait relations. Describing the quality and openness of dialogue in these areas as excellent, the discussion nevertheless notes the EU's disappointment at Chinese reluctance to commit more fully to the transparency on which regional confidence-building measures must be founded. It concludes by arguing that the EU's contribution to Asian stability is as much about influencing how its partners act in the world, including in East Asia, as about its direct involvement.

Keywords: strategic dialogue; EU; East Asia; Korean peninsula; Iran; Aceh; transparency

Chapter.  2248 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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