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Asia and Europe by Lay Hwee Yeo

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1 Ideas and forces behind the conception of ASEM

Introduction

ASEM is the official abbreviation for the Asia-Europe Meeting — an informal forum and process for developing dialogue and cooperation between the two ‘old world’ continents of Asia and Europe. One of ASEM's most noticeable peculiarities lies in the composition of its regional representation. On the one hand, Asia, stretching as it does from Afghanistan to Australasia, is represented only by three Northeast Asian countries (China, Japan and South Korea) and seven Southeast Asian countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). On the other hand, Europe is represented by the fifteen European Union (EU) member states and the European Commission. ...

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