The Political Weakness of the EU in East Asia: A Constructivist Approach

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Abstract

This paper provides a constructivist explanation of the political weakness of the EU in East Asia. By examining the corporate identity of the EU as well as its social identities towards ASEM, China and Japan, I argue that the identities which the EU has constructed towards the outside world and in relation to the region, based on self recognitions of its superpower status and the defence of certain political values, is disliked by both China and Japan for different reasons. Without the support of the two regional superpowers, the EU is not capable of getting involved in the resolution of East Asian hard political affairs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-280
Number of pages16
JournalAsia Europe Journal
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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