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.
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 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.