Introduction

The three images of ASEM

When the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) made its debut on the world stage in March 1996, what followed was a string of media reports, commentaries, analysis and scholarly articles reflecting the very diverse views of how it was looked upon. Why was ASEM conceived and what is it all about? The following A—Z list reflects the fuzziness and the rhetoric surrounding ASEM:

ASEM is said to be:

an Architecture for global economic governance
a Bridge between two continents
a Cooperative regime
about Dynamism of the East Asian economies
an Exercise in economic diplomacy
a Forum for confidence-building/Framework for cooperation
a Gathering to match the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
a History ...

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