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China’s Defence White paper

26 July 2019

On 24 July, the Chinese government released its latest white paper on defence, updating the 2011 document, published before President Xi took office. In the press conference accompanying the launch of the white paper, State Council officials said that China had always been a peace-loving nation, as illustrated by the lack of offensive military action since 1949. The central concept at the basis of the nation’s military strategy had always been ‘self-defence.’

But the paper also indicates that China will not shy away from employing its military to defend its national interests. Compared to the previous strategy, this year’s white paper not only strikes an increasingly assertive tone towards Taiwan, but also identifies the United States as the single most precarious threat to China’s national security.

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Book Review: "The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jung Un" by Anna Fifield

By Fraser Cameron

Fifield’s book provides a fascinating insight into the US-North Korea relationship and is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand Kim Jung Un’s personality, rise to power and his influence on political and economic developments in North Korea. If ever there was a must read – this is it.


Mogherini on the EU's Security Role in Asia

7 June 2019

Federica Mogherini outlined the EU’s growing security role in Asia at the Shangri-La dialogue on 1 June. She said that the EU’s ambition was not only to be the key economic partner for Asia, but also to become a security partner. 


Event Report: 17 July: Discussion with Vice President of the AIIB, Sir Danny Alexander

On Wednesday 17 July, the EU-Asia Centre welcomed Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Sir Danny Alexander to Brussels.


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