Europe in the World

Asia to the rescue? Prospects and trade-offs

28 November 2008


EU-Asia relations have climbed swiftly up the Union’s agenda, amid hopes that Asia’s emerging powers will extend a helping hand to battered EU and US economies. This Commentary by Shada Islam underlines that Asian support for global rescue packages will come with strings attached (as illustrated by Beijing’s decision to cancel the EU-China Summit planned for 1 December in protest over a planned visit to Europe by the Dalai Lama), requiring a strategic rethink of Asia’s global role and the implications for EU policy.

Asia to the rescue? Prospects and trade-offs

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