Power Shifts in East Asia and Their Implications for Asia–Europe Relations

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    East Asia has attracted great interest not only due to its economic, demographic and cultural potential, but also thanks to its rapidly rising international position. While in the past it was Japan that could be considered as a forerunner of economic and societal changes on the Asian continent, at present it is China that holds a dominant position in terms of economic, political and military power. China’s rapid rise has led both to increase in tensions in East Asia and to intensification of the efforts to institutionalize multi­lateral dialogue in the region. This edited volume aims to analyze the changes in distribution of power in East Asia at the beginning of the 21st century as well as their implications for the development of relations between Asian and European countries. The multi-dimensional analysis of political, economic, and societal shifts in East Asia will contribute to better understanding of the complex factors influencing Asia-Europe relations.


    Table of Contents

    Karol Żakowski, Bartosz Kowalski, Introduction 7

    Changes in Balance of Power in East Asia 11
    David A. Jones, Hanzhen Liu, Tensions Along the Western Pacific Rim of East Asia: Obstacles or Opportunities? 13
    Paweł Behrendt, South China Sea – A Multifaceted Conflict 39
    Kamer Kasim, Power Shift in Taiwan and Its Implications on Cross-Strait Relations 51

    Evolution of East Asian Economies and Societies 69
    Mirosław Jurdeczka, Transition Economy of Vietnam: A New Horizon of Opportunities 71
    Eunwon Yi, “Enemies of the People” in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: The Political Meaning of Human Rights Violations Against Them 93
    Natalia Zajączkowska, The Caste System in Contemporary Indian Democracy 117

    Shift in Asia–Europe Relations 131
    Marsela Musabelliu, The Man with a Dream and a Plan: Xi Jinping, the “Chinese Dream” and the Belt and Road Initiative 133
    Jeremy Garlick, China–EU Energy Security Cooperation: The Case for Renewables 145
    Mateusz Smolaga, Multilateral Development Banks as Instruments of EU–Asian Relations 159
    Hongfei Gu, Can Asymmetric Relationships Work Together? A Quantitative Approach of “16+1” Cooperation Mechanism 187
    Karol Żakowski, Values or Interests? Japan’s Relations with European Countries under the Abe Administration 213



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