ASIAN Countries’ Strategies towards the European Union in an Inter-regionalist Context

Hungdah Su 主編
Wai Ting、Michito Tsuruoka、Si Hong Kim等 著

This is the first book on Asian countries’ strategies towards the EU. Since the introduction of Common Foreign and Security Policy in 1993 and the publication of the EU’s first strategic document on Asia one year later, hundreds of books and journal articles have been dedicated to the study of the EU policies towards Asia as a whole, or to individual Asian countries. However, very few of these researchers ever intended to explore the strategies of Asian countries, and Asian leaders’ mindsets, vis-à-vis the EU. Quite often, the policies of Asian countries towards the EU were simply interpreted as responses to the EU’s actions in Asia.

Having been passive players for decades, Asian countries are now increasingly willing to participate in the formulation of regional and global orders, for which they need to articulate their own strategies and the world needs to better understand their mindsets. In the past two years, in the framework of EU Centres in Asia-Pacific, some top Asian scholars on EU-Asian relations were brought together to debate the strategies of individual Asian countries towards the EU, and evaluate the EU’s actions in the region. In their eyes, the EU was interpreted as a normative power, a security player, a civilian promoter and a health-care supplier. Together, they aimed to establish some common rules for explaining Asian countries’ strategies towards the EU after in-depth study of the actions of individual countries in their bilateral relations with the EU.

This book is therefore indispensable to any efforts to understand Asian leaders’ mindset in the EU-Asian relations and their strategies towards the EU in the twenty-first century.


Hsin-Chih Chen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.

Evi Fitriani is Head of the Department of International Relations and Lecturer of the master program of European Studies at University of Indonesia. She is also EU Visiting Fellow in 2005.

Just Castillo Iglesias is Lecturer of East Asian International Politics at the Open University of Catalonia, Spain. He is also an invited researcher at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan.

Rajendra K. Jain is Director of the Europe Area Studies Programme and Jean Monnet Chair at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also Adjunct Principal Research Fellow of Monash European and EU Studies Centre, Monash University, Melbourne.

Si Hong Kim is Professor of Sociology in the Department of EU Studies, the Graduate School of International & Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. He is also Director of the HUFS-HRI EU Centre.

Makiko Nishitani is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University, Japan.

Vincent Rollet is Assistant Professor at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Research Associate at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC-Taipei) in Taiwan.

Hungdah Su is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University and Director General of the European Union Centre in Taiwan.

Wai Ting is Professor in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University and the President of the Hong Kong Association for European Studies.

Michito Tsuruoka is Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies, Ministry of Defense, Japan and Research Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation.

Lay Hwee Yeo is Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore. She is also Council Secretary and Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and Adjunct Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Introduction / HUNGDAH SU

Part One: Asian Countries’ Strategies towards the EU

China’s Strategy towards the EU: A Strategic Partner of No Strategic Significance?

Japan’s Strategy towards the EU: A Strategic Partnership in Search of Common Goals

Korea’s Strategy towards the EU: From a Strategic Partner to a Privileged Partner

Taiwan’s Strategy towards the EU: From Hallstein Doctrine to Workable Diplomacy

Indonesia’s Strategy toward the EU: Anti-colonialism, Non-alignment, and Equal Partnership

ASEAN’s Strategy towards the EU: A Frame of Reference, a Partner and a Challenge

India’s Strategy towards the EU: Shared Values, but Elusive Coordinated Policies

Part Two: Asian Evaluation of EU’s Actions in the Context of EU-Asian Inter-regionalism

The EU as a Normative Power in Asia: How Can the EU Adapt to Changing Chinese Diplomacy?

The EU as a Security Player in Asia: Can the EU-China Strategic Partnership Be Compatible with the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership?

The EU as a Civilian Promoter in Asia: The Role of the ASEF and AEPF in the ASEM Process

The EU as a Health Actor in Asia: EU-Asian Interregional Response to Highly Pathogenic and (Re)emerging Diseases