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Europe's descent into irrelevance in Asia

Natural forces displacing the continent from the region are ever more powerful

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Pudong Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai on April 1: Europe is becoming nothing more than a bit player in Asia.   © VCG/Getty Images

William Bratton is the author of "China's Rise, Asia's Decline." He was previously head of Asia-Pacific equity research at HSBC.

Europe's economic, financial and political relevance in Asia is in rapid retreat.

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