The EU-Asia Centre reports on events held by partners and other organisations in Asia and the EU
23 February 2017
On 22 February the EU-Asia Centre and the Confucius Institute of the VUB held a panel discussion on OBOR with Chinese and EU experts. Opening the event, Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, pointed to OBOR as a new and important element of EU-China relations. The Centre was part of the OBOR think tank network and would be participating in the 14 May summit in Beijing.
16 February 2017
On 9 February, the EU-Asia Centre, the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES) and the Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), together with Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations, Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques, organized a workshop and academic debate on the Trump Administration and US-China Relations: The Chinese and European Perspectives.
26 January 2017
Fraser Çameron had talks on ASEAN in the Thai MFA on 26 January
Summary Report of the EU Asia Centre and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Roundtable on EU-ASEAN and EU-China relations in Hong Kong
12 December 2016
Political changes, especially the election of Trump and Duterte, made the future very unpredictable. ASEAN needed to concentrate on its current agenda, deliver on connectivity, improve capacity building, labour mobility and reduce non tariff barriers. It should also promote labour mobility and civil society exchanges which might encourage an ASEAN identity. There needed to be a debate on amending the consensus principle and strengthening the institutions of ASEAN. ASEAN should raise awareness as a first step towards building an identity.
visiting ASEAN diplomats and officials on EU-Asia relations at the Dutch permanent representation on 17 November
27 November 2016
The EU-Asia Centre Director, Fraser Cameron, briefed a group of visiting ASEAN diplomats and officials on EU-Asia relations at the Dutch permanent representation on 17 November. The group also had meetings with EU officials as part of a training programme organised by the Clingendael Institute.
16 November 2016
On 15th of November the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on “China's Future and Reporting EU-China”. Opening the event Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said the future of China was of huge importance to everyone. He recommended two books by the panelists; President Xi, by Professor Kerry Brown; and China in the 21stcentury’, by Professor Frank Pieke.
19 October 2016
On 19 October the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on “The Future of EU-ASEAN Relations”. Opening the event Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said that it was an auspicious time to organize this event as the EU and ASEAN ministers just held their biannual meeting in Bangkok.
18 October 2016
On 17th of October, the EU-Asia Centre, the Foreign Trade Association and the Australian Embassy co-organized a panel discussion on: “The EU-Australia FTA: Can the EU still do trade deals?” Opening the event Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said that free trade and globalization were being called into question by many voices on both sides of the Atlantic. Just a few kilometers from Schuman the Wallonia parliament was blocking the ratification of the EU-Canada FTA (CETA).
6 October 2016
Opening the panel discussion Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said that it was a timely moment, ahead of the major donor conference, to review the political, economic, and security situation in Afghanistan.
3 October 2016
Opening the panel discussion on 27 September, Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, recommended the book, The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations, written by John Farnell and Paul Irwin Crookes which covered a wealth of valuable material and provided very useful insights into the complexity of EU-China relations. Brexit was another complication to the relationship.