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Abe, Juncker sign connectivity partnership

On 27 September 2019, Jean-Claude Juncker and Shinzo Abe signed a connectivity partnership designed to boost cooperation between the EU and Japan on infrastructure projects. 

Building on its Connectivity Strategy of last September, Juncker said the EU wanted to do more with Asia and specifically Japan, a likeminded country. He praised Japan’s contribution to the rules-based international order and said that there were limitless possibilities to future cooperation.

Abe welcomed the EU’s initiative and said that Japan shared the EU’s approach to promoting rules-based connectivity that is sustainable across the board – fiscally, economically, socially and environmentally.


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Welcome recalibration of sino greek relations

Welcome Recalibration of Sino-Greek Relations

By Plamen Tonchev

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis returns from a visit to Shanghai and hosts China’s president Xi Jinping in Athens three days later – no doubt, the media cannot miss this! The exchange of high-level visits between Greece and China within a single week would suggest an impressively tight bond between the two countries.


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. 

The Gulf and EU-Asia Connectivity

The Gulf and EU-Asia Connectivity

On 15 October the EU Asia Centre and the Bussola Institute co-hosted a seminar focusing on the role of Gulf States in connectivity strategies linking Europe and Asia in the changing geopolitical situation. EU and Chinese officials, think tanks and academia were invited to provide their perspectives in two panels focusing on political and economic dimensions respectively. 


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