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New China Strategy Paper

The EU’s new China strategy paper published on 22 June seeks to map out the EU’s interests in dealing with China over the next five years. It is strangely entitled "Elements for a new EU strategy on China" which would indicate that it does not seek to be a comprehensive report. 

The paper, a joint project of the EEAS and European Commission, has a strong economic dimension. It remarks that ‘China's political, economic and social development matter to the EU more than ever. They present major opportunities for the EU, especially in creating jobs and growth in Europe, but need to be addressed in a coordinated and effective way in order to produce the best possible outcomes for both the EU and China.’

While it recognizes the economic importance of China the paper does not shy away from criticizing the slow pace of internal reform and the lack of market access for European business. It suggests the EU experience could be beneficial for China. 

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The EU’s Mixed Strategy for SE Asia

By Fraser Cameron

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Council conclusions on EU strategy with Myanmar/ Burma

On 20 June, the EU adopted Council conclusions on the future of EU-Myanmar relations which are based on the Joint EEAS/ Commission Communication "Elements for an EU strategy vis-à-vis Myanmar/ Burma."

Thai event

Event report - Building Sustainable Democracy in Thailand

On 21 June, the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on the topic of "Building Sustainable Democracy in Thailand."


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

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