While the EU is struggling for recognition in India President Obama pays an unprecedented second visit to New Delhi this week as guest of honour at the Republican Day celebrations. Despite a ten year travel ban to the US, Prime Minister Modi now seems to enjoy cementing relations with the world’s leading superpower.
Relations between the US and India have not always been easy. Indeed the relationship has been characterised by bouts of friendship mixed with indifference and disappointments. Obama will have a number of priorities on his agenda this week. First to demonstrate to China and other Asian states that the US-India relationship is back on track. Second to push closer business ties. Trade between the US and China is almost five times higher than with India.
By Michael Montesano
In impeaching a prime minister who left office more than eight months earlier, Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) may have made legal history. But this curious exercise was not so much about Ms Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment for running a botched rice subsidy programme as it was about stripping her of her political rights for five years.
On 19 January Federica Mogherini received Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for talks on EU-Japan relations as well as the international situation. The two ministers reviewed progress on the political and trade talks between the EU and Japan. It is hoped that they may be completed during 2015. On the international discussion the focus was on the Middle East and Ukraine.
Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, opened the panel discussion by saying that 2014 had been a good year for EU-ASEAN relations. But where should the relationship go now? What were the prospects for the ASEAN Economic Community by end of 2015? How should the EU deal with democratic back-sliding in some ASEAN countries? And how to ensure that the EU continued to give adequate attention to Asia and ASEAN?
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.