The events listed here include those organised by partners and others dealing with EU-Asia relations
25 April 2017
1 March 2017
As President Trump withdraws the US from the TPP, seen by Obama as the centre of the US pivot to Asia, what does this mean for trade policy in Asia? Is there an opportunity for the EU to play a leadership role? Could the TPP be saved under Japan-Australia leadership? Could China now dominate the trade scene with RCEP? What are the prospects for the Asia-Pacific FTA (FTAAP) idea? What is the future for bilateral relationships, whether the US or EU with Japan, China, and the countries of SE Asia? Can the EU-Japan FTA be completed in the coming months? These and other issues will be discussed at a panel discussion from 1700-1830 on 15 March in the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels.
15 February 2017
The EU-Asia Centre together with the Confucius Institute of the VUB invite you to a panel discussion on the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. With the EU and China demonstrating many common areas of interest including free trade, regional security and climate change, OBOR takes on new significance as a catalyst for EU-China relations. The EU has reacted positively to OBOR and is now exploring various joint projects. But how is OBOR viewed in the Member States? How is it viewed by the media and experts?
30 January 2017
With the new US president taking office on 20 January 2017, it is necessary to reflect on the future of US-China relations, and their impact on Europe. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump criticized China strongly on trade and regional security. He alsoraised tensions by entertaining a phone conversation with the Taiwanese leader, hence questioning the One-China policy. Whereas his team includes notable hardliners towards China, his actual policy and intentions remain unclear.
From a Europeanperspective, thefuture of US-China relations is of tremendous importance, in terms of global stability, prosperity and responsibility. It will also determine the scope and direction of Europe’s quest for strategic autonomy. In this context, the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies(BACES)and theConfucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), together withEgmont -Royal Institute for International Relations, Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques, EU-Asia Centre in Brussels, are co-sponsoringa workshop and academic debate on Trump Administration and US-China Relations: The Chinese and European Perspectiveson 9 February 2017 at Egmont Palacein Brussels.
28 November 2016
Africa, often described as the lost continent, is rising fast despite many problems. There are 54 countries in Africa, many landlocked and very poor. There are many conflicts - Mali, Chad, South-Sudan, etc which show no sign of diminishing. Africa’s economic output is $1.6 trillion or just 2.5% of global GDP. But six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and it is expected that its population will increase from one to two billion by 2050.
Against this background both the EU and China are seeking new strategies to deal with Africa. The influence of China is rapidly increasing. Its exports to Africa have tripled in the past decade and now account for 20% of all imports. The EU’s and China’s agenda in and for Africa have often been perceived as being at odds. The annual EU-China discussions on Africa have produced few concrete results as regards possible areas for cooperation. This is perhaps rooted in the different interests, aims and profiles of both actors. While both entities seek to promote beneficial developmental models in Africa they proceed on very different principles.
4 November 2016
The future of China is one of the biggest questions for the entire world. After two decades of spectacular growth the economy is now slowing down. But is it facing a hard or soft landing and what will the implications be for China and the EU? Politically President Xi has achieved more power and influence than his predecessors. But what are his plans for China? What is the basis for the China Dream? How is the ruling communist party (CCP) coping with the huge social changes in China? These are some of the issues on the agenda of two panel discussions organised by EU Reporter and the EU-Asia Centre from 1700-1900 on 15 November at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
19 October 2016
On 13-14 October EU and ASEAN ministers will hold their biannual meeting in Bangkok. Both parties will meet against a background of internal problems with many questioning the ability of the EU to find a way forward after Brexit and others questioning the coherence of ASEAN and asking whether the ASEAN Economic Community will live up to its promise. But there are huge opportunities for the EU and ASEAN to cooperate more closely in a beneficial way, whether in trade, security or tackling global problems. To discuss the outcome of the ministerial meeting and to assess the prospects for the EU-ASEAN relationship, the EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on 19 October from 1700-1830 in the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. To register for the event please click here…
5 October 2016
The controversy over TTIP and CETA has led many to question whether the EU is still capable of negotiating and ratifying trade deals with third countries. There is a general trend against globalisation manifested by the rise in populist political parties across Europe and elsewhere. In these circumstances what are the chances of a successful free trade agreement with Australia? What are the priorities and what advantages would it bring to both sides? How would Brexit affect the negotiations?
To discuss these and other questions you are invited to a panel discussion from 1800-1930 on 17 October at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. There will be a wine and cheese reception following the panel discussion.
27 September 2016
In the EU’s recent Global Strategy Federica Mogherini reiterated that the EU “will continue to support state-building and reconciliation processes in Afghanistan together with our regional and international partners.” To this end the EU is hosting a major conference in Brussels on 5 October which will include the President of Afghanistan and representatives from the US, China, Russia, India, Japan, the World Bank, UN and NATO.
The international community has now been involved in Afghanistan for 15 years but what has been achieved? What are the realistic prospects for Afghanistan? How long will the EU and others have to support the country? What are the political, economic and security trends? What are the priorities? How bad is corruption? How solid is regional support for Afghanistan and what are the hidden agendas?
16 September 2016
Brexit has been a huge shock to the EU with implications for all major relationships including China with whom the EU is negotiating a bilateral investment agreement. The EU is also about to make a momentous decision on market economy status (MES) but how will Brexit affect this debate? The UK now seems to be revising its own very pro-China approach under David Cameron with Theresa May ordering a review of major projects including the Hinckley Point nuclear facility. It is timely, therefore, to consider these and other issues with the authors of a new book ‘The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations’at a panel discussion 1700-1830 on 27 September at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels.