Asia’s human population is rising rapidly, the climate change is threatening its food supply and financial growth has elevated hundreds of millions away of poverty. All of this puts intense pressure on the region, and just how governments, businesses, and civil society react might define future.

The EU’s visit a role in Asia must be realized in the framework of this global backdrop. But the EUROPEAN leadership’s preoccupation with domestic conflicts and disputes threatens to distract it from a spotlight on global issues and structured human relationships that could help to shape the prospects in Asia.

Europe’s inter-regional cooperation with Asia has become institutionalised in a number of ways, while using the EU establishing bilateral “strategic partnerships” with many Asian countries and hosting regular summit meetings. The dialogue architectural mastery is sophisticated, with multiple pillars of discussion, including personal and protection issues, financial and control concerns, and people-to-people connections.

Irrespective of these strong ties, there are many of obstructions that continue to stand in the way of closer cooperation with Asia. These range from the economical and geopolitical challenges of an globalised environment to the more nebulous social factors that shape perceptions in Europe and Asia. Some of these limitations can be traced to deeper-seated differences between the EU and its Cookware partners, sometimes over figures and norms. This article explores some of the underlying issues that confuse this co-operation, and offers some observations as to how they may be tackled in years to come.