The global system has seen sweeping changes in recent years and this has precipitated a revival of interest in the relationship between Europe and Asia. This book examines the extent and nature of the regional linkages between East Asia and the European Union. Issues discussed include: the reactions and approaches of both regions to the Asian crisis; postcolonialism and the balance of power in Europe-Asia relations; trade relations between Europe and Asia and the revival of the Silk Road; and the development of the role of Asia-Europe meetings. This book assesses the role of divergent cultural expectations, intellectual traditions and political concerns in assessing ways to develop and consolidate the political-economic, social-institutional and political-cultural linkages between the two regions. This multidisciplinary work should appeal to scholars of globalization and regional economics, international studies and Asian and European studies.