March 2, 1996 |
Europe and Asia, trying to modernize ties that have slipped behind the times, on Friday explored ways of increasing economic links but found it impossible to avoid the thorny issue of human rights. The first Asia-Europe economic summit--a two-day meeting between leaders of the 15 European Union nations and 10 of East Asia's most robust economies--seeks to renew Europe's interest in the world's fastest-growing market. Trade is booming, but European investment here is lagging.
December 8, 1999 |
Is it possible to imagine Asia and Europe running themselves some day without the intense American support of the past half century? Don't look now, but at the moment, across both the Atlantic and the Pacific, government leaders are building important new institutions that might eventually enable their regions to function on their own.