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Tusk in manila

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-Japan

EU- Japan Relations - Time for a Boost

By Fraser Cameron

The EU and Japan are always viewed as like-minded partners with relations underpinned by a strategic partnership. Now both sides are moving towards a comprehensive economic partnership (EPA - more than a FTA) and a strategic partnership agreement (SPA). The former should give a much needed boost to trade relations but will the SPA be the key to a more productive political relationship?

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EU Olive Branch to Thailand

EU Olive Branch for Thailand

On 11 December, the EU Foreign Affairs Council agreed on a gradual political re-engagement with Thailand. Recalling the importance the EU attaches to its relations with Thailand, and the constructive role which Thailand plays as the current country coordinator for EU-ASEAN relations, the Council called for the urgent restoration of the democratic process in Thailand through credible and inclusive elections and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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19th CCP Congress

CCP 19th Party Congress Implications

On 29 November 2017, the EU-Asia Centre, CI-VUB, BACES, ULB, together with other partners organized a two-day conference on the 19th Party Congress and its impact on domestic and foreign policy.

China’s domestic politics

Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Center (chair), said that the 19th Party Congress had set out clear guidelines on the domestic and foreign policy fronts. President Xi had highlighted the huge internal challenges including growing inequality, the need for further economic reforms, the poor state of the environment, and the importance of improving the rule of law.