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The events listed here include those organised by partners and others dealing with EU-Asia relations


EU-ASEAN trade

Invitation February 27th - Prospects for EU-ASEAN Trade

16 February 2018

The 600m strong ASEAN community has become the centre of a global tug of war on trade. As the US under Trump retreats from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), China is stepping up its engagement through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) while Japan and India are both strengthening their relations with ASEAN.

The EU has decided to go down the bilateral route, signing deals with Singapore and Vietnam, while still open to a possible bloc to bloc FTA. Talks with Thailand could restart as soon as there is a restoration of democratic rule. The EU, however, is caught between the business imperatives of seeking new trade deals and the reversal of democratic progress and human rights in some ASEAN members. In addition there are serious concerns about the EU’s ratification of the Singapore and Vietnam deals.

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Growth Delusion

Invitation - The Growth Delusion – Time to re-think GDP

6 February 2018

The EU-Asia Centre and the European Policy Centre invite you to a discussion with David Pilling, Associate Editor of the Financial Times, and author of the ‘The Growth Delusion.’

Pilling argues that we need to modify our fetish about GDP which is an outdated concept and fails to take into account technological changes let alone volunteer work or child rearing. If it has a price then it can be counted as part of GDP – hence prostitution, drug dealing and handling of stolen goods all count! Polluting factories count but there is no measure for sustainability or a clean environment.

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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) : Reshaping the Global Value Chain

10 January 2018

ACCA (the association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the EU-Asia Centre, the European Movement International (EMI) and UEAPME are delighted to invite you to their multistakeholder conference on The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) : Reshaping the Global Value Chain, to discuss the implications of China’s grand scheme to link Asia and Europe together via new massive infrastructure projects in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.

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Nov. 23rd Invitation: ASEM and ASEAN and the East Asia Summit

9 November 2017

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is the largest region to region body linking Europe and Asia. Next year there will be an ASEM summit in Brussels. To prepare for the summit and to discuss current foreign policy issues, Federica Mogherini will represent the EU at the ASEM ministerial meeting in Myanmar on 20-21 November. The meeting will bring together Foreign Ministers from across Europe and Asia, representing 60% of global trade, 60% of global GDP and 60% of global population. On the agenda will be common security challenges such as the DPRK, the South China Sea but also counter-terrorism and cyber security. Ministers will also discuss efforts to bring Europe and Asia closer together in areas such as Euro-Asian connectivity, sustainable development and rules-based trade and investment.

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This week sees the start of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It promises to be a momentous event confirming China’s leadership for the next five years and setting out policy directions. It is widely expected that Xi Xinping’s le

Invitation- China’s 19th Party Congress

17 October 2017

This week sees the start of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It promises to be a momentous event confirming China’s leadership for the next five years and setting out policy directions. It is widely expected that Xi Jinping’s leadership will be strengthened but who will join him in the ruling Politburo? And in which direction will he steer the country, soon to be the largest economy in the world? Will China become a more liberal or authoritarian society? How will China respond to the mounting security challenges in its neighbourhood, most notably the nuclear ambitions of the DPRK?

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eu asia

Event Invitation, 11th October --- EU Policy towards Asia

4 October 2017

The EU is steadily increasing its ties to Asia, home of four strategic partners (China, India, Japan and Korea).  More than half of the EU’s trade is with Asia and it is the biggest investment partner in most Asian countries. An FTA with Japan is nearing completion and follows a similar agreement with Korea. Negotiations with China for an investment treaty are on-going while it is hoped that the EU-India summit on 6 October will deepen cooperation with the largest democracy in the world.  The EU is also seeking to increase its cooperation with Asian partners on a range of global issues from trade and climate change to migration and terrorism.

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green

Invitation Sep. 28th --- How Green is China?

21 September 2017

The EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on the state of the environment in China. Beijing is now a strong defender of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and a ‘Green China’ is now propagated by the government as a top priority. China has made remarkable progress in introducing Green technology and is working with the EU on several environmental projects. At the same time there are huge challenges in cleaning up the environment, not least due to years of neglect, the emphasis on economic growth and the heavy dependence on coal.

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Invitation on Sep. 28th---EU-China-US Trilateral Relationship in an Uncertain World

13 September 2017

Given the importance of the EU, the United States and China for the global system what are the prospects for trilateral cooperation in different policy areas? It might have seemed strange to consider such a question just a few years ago when the transatlantic relationship was unquestionably closer than either EU-China or US-China relations. But the swift rise of China as a global actor and especially the advent of Donald Trump as President of the US have brought about some fundamental changes.

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EU-Japan Event Invitation on July 12th

6 July 2017

The EU-Japan summit on 6 July which announced a political agreement on the FTA and a strategic partnership agreement (SPA) will lead to a significant deepening of the relationship. Japan is the EU’s second biggest market in Asia. More than 70,000 EU companies export to Japan (worth 86 billion euros) involving 600,000 jobs. The FTA could give a massive boost to food exports as well as chemicals and machinery. The SPA will also deepen cooperation on global issues, eg the world economy, climate change and migration, and regional problems such as the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia, Syria, the Middle East and the DPRK.

 

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Roundtable discussion on EU and China’s Interests in the Middle East

23 June 2017

In light of a visiting high-level delegation of Middle East experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) ,the EU-Asia Centre is organizing a roundtable on 28 June from 1230-1430 in the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95.

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