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


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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May 18th Invitation – Korea after the Presidential Election

10 May 2017

The EU-Asia Centre is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on the implications of the Korean presidential elections for domestic and foreign policy on 18 May

Moon Jae-in, the leader of the Democratic Party, was elected President on 9 May with a clear majority. But who is Moon Jae-in and what changes can be expected? His electioncomes at a time of great volatility on the Korean peninsula. North Korea is actively testing and growing its nuclear capabilities prompting a tough response from the Trump administration. China has also adopted a tougher line on sanctions but what will be the position of the new Korean president? How will relations between Korea, Japan and China develop - and with the US and EU? Lately economic growth has been slowing yet Korea, as a G20 member, has one of the best IT records in the world. Will there be any shake up in political or economic affairs?

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Event Invitation May 3rd:Public Diplomacy – the Chinese and EU Approaches

25 April 2017


The EU-Asia Centre with the Confucius Institute of the VUB, and the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies, invite you to a panel discussion on ‘Public Diplomacy – the Chinese and EU Approaches’ on 3 May.
China’s increasing importance on the global stage coincides with its efforts to improve its public diplomacy based on political (G20 summit), economic (OBOR), cultural (Confucius Institutes) and sporting (Olympic Games) inputs. It is keen to expand its soft power using the media (CGTN, China Daily, Xinhua, etc) as well as ancient Chinese statecraft. The EU has always struggled to achieve an effective communications strategy, perhaps because of the many voices at the table and perhaps because of inadequate resources.  Now both actors are keen to improve their public diplomacy with both Wang Yi and Federica Mogherini giving the subject top priority. But how are both sides approaching public diplomacy? How does each define the concept? What can each side learn from each other as well as best practices elsewhere? To discuss these and other questions you are invited to a panel discussion  from 1700-1830  on 3 May in the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels.


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Invitation --- The Future of Trade Policy in Asia under Trump

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.

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Feb. 22th --- One Belt, One Road initiative

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?

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Trump Administration and US-China Relations: The Chinese and European Perspectives

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.

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