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EU-India Ministerial

Mogherini meets Sushma Swaraj

Federica Mogherini met with Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, on 9 July. The meeting focused on latest developments in the EU-India Strategic Partnership. Progress was noted on energy and climate change, the environment, ICT, transport, research and innovation, as well as space with the signature of the Agreement on Earth Observation Data Exchange in March 2018. 

Mogherini informed Ms Swaraj about the forthcoming Communications on EU-India relations and on EU-Asia connectivity. There was a short exchange on trade and investment flows but both noted that little progress had been made on the FTA negotiations. Mogherini outlined the new EU data protection regime.

Apart from counterterrorism, cybercrime and maritime security, the talks covered Myanmar (the situation of the Rohingya), Afghanistan, the Maldives, the importance of preserving the JCPOA with Iran, and the DPRK.

Prior to the meeting, Mogherini and Minister Swaraj opened the photography exhibition "New Homelands: The Indian Diaspora in the European Union" which is on display at the EEAS.

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DPRK Deja Vu

By Fraser Cameron

‘We have seen it all before’ - was the judgement of veteran DPRK watcher, Victor Cha, after the DPRK began stonewalling during Mike Pompeo’s latest trip to Pyongyang. Cha was one of many experts who expressed disbelief at the paucity of the Singapore statement after the Trump-Kim summit. 

Trump was pleased at his photo op that he tweeted ‘there is no more nuclear threat from North Korea.’ At home he basked in a sudden surge in popularity. The great dealmaker had triumphed where his predecessors had failed. ‘Rocket Man’ was suddenly ‘a good guy.’ There was no longer any need for US-South Korea joint military exercises. Trump even agreed that these were ‘provocative’ – language used by the DPRK for years.

EUAC opens office in Xi'an

EU Asia Centre opens office in Xi'an

The EU Asia Centre has opened an office in Xi'an International Studies University. At the opening ceremony on 21 June, Wang Junzhe, President of the university, said that he looked forward to cooperating with the Centre in promoting research on EU-China relations as well as educational and cultural visits and exchanges. The presence of the Centre on campus would also be a boost for students seeking more information about the EU.


Brexit and Asia

The Implications of Brexit for Asia

Opening the panel discussion,Fraser Cameron, Director EU-Asia Centre, said that Brexit will have major implications for Asia and for EU-Asia relations. It will be felt most immediately on the trade side but will also have an impact on the resources that the EU brings to the table in dealing with Asia.


EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.

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