Can the Bur­den be Shared? Europe, the Sea and the Lib­eral Order in Asia

Global Asia - - CONTENTS - By Ian Bow­ers

as bei­jing’s will to be a lead­ing seapower changes geopol­i­tics in asia, europe is ill-pre­pared to step up.

As the world’s largest trad­ing bloc, the Euro­pean Union has a huge stake in mar­itime se­cu­rity, free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and other is­sues per­tain­ing to the world’s great wa­ter­ways, par­tic­u­larly in Asia.

Therein lies one of the great­est chal­lenges posed by the rise of China. Bei­jing’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to be­come a lead­ing seapower is dra­mat­i­cally chang­ing the geopo­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment in the re­gion, and Europe is ill­pre­pared to rise to the oc­ca­sion. Ian Bow­ers ex­plores the is­sues and how pol­icy-mak­ers in Europe should re­spond.

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