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Tusk and Trump in Asia

While most attention has been on President Trump’s visit to Asia, it is important to recognize the significance of President Tusk’s visit to Manila where he attended an ASEAN-EU Summit marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-EU relations, and also, for the first time, attended the East Asia Summit (EAS).

At the EU-ASEAN meeting, leaders endorsed the recent Action Plan (2018-22) between the two blocks and agreed to accelerate moves towards a Strategic Partnership. Tusk also reiterated the EU's support to the EU-ASEAN integration process and called for strengthened EU-ASEAN cooperation on security and global challenges. Both sides emphasised the importance of working together to reinforce the rules-based international system and multilateralism.

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eu asia

“It’s Asia, Stupid”: Time for the EU to Deepen Relations with Asia

By Fraser Cameron

Global economic power is shifting rapidly to Asia, now the EU’s most im- portant trade partner. The EU has a vital stake in the peace and security of Asia as few of its policy goals, including climate change and preservation of the multilateral system, can be achieved without  the  positive  engagement of Asia. This is even more important because of the attitude of President Trump to Asia and global affairs. The EU thus needs to give greater priority to Asia and develop a more coherent policy approach.

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Implications of China’s new leadership

At the conclusion of the CCP’s 19th Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping unveiled China’s new leadership line-up without anointing a clear successor. In order of seniority, the seven members of the top decision-making body of Communist Party of China---the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) are Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, and Han Zheng.

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Nov. 23rd Invitation: ASEM and ASEAN and the East Asia Summit

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is the largest region to region body linking Europe and Asia. Next year there will be an ASEM summit in Brussels. To prepare for the summit and to discuss current foreign policy issues, Federica Mogherini will represent the EU at the ASEM ministerial meeting in Myanmar on 20-21 November. The meeting will bring together Foreign Ministers from across Europe and Asia, representing 60% of global trade, 60% of global GDP and 60% of global population. On the agenda will be common security challenges such as the DPRK, the South China Sea but also counter-terrorism and cyber security. Ministers will also discuss efforts to bring Europe and Asia closer together in areas such as Euro-Asian connectivity, sustainable development and rules-based trade and investment.