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Prospects for EU-Japan relations

19 June 2015

On 2 June the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion to discuss the outcome of the  23rd EU-Japan summit on 29 May and prospects for EU-Japan relations. Opening the event, Fraser Cameron said that there was a general feeling that during the past decade EU-Japan relations had not fulfilled expectations. Now, as both sides were in the midst of the negotiations for an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a strategic partnership agreement, there were renewed hopes for a deeper partnership. 

Jiro Okuyama, Deputy Chief of the Mission of Japan to the EU , set the scene by stating that countries in Asia need to adapt to a significantly changed strategic environment. Japan\'s answer is presented in its first ever published national security strategy, adopted in 2013, and the recent \"Legislation for Peace and Security\". In this context, Japan was honoured to be the first of the EU’s strategic partners with which it held a summit.

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Invitation:Prospects for EU-China Relations -11:00-12:30,26 June

17 June 2015

The EU-China summit on 29 June will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. The summit follows the first visit of Federica Mogherini to China last month for wide-ranging talks on political and security issues.It is thus timely to review what has been achieved over the past four decades, to assess the current state of the relationship and prospects for the future.

The EU-Asia Centre and BICCS invite you to a unique panel discussion with two of the key actors in the relationship: the Chinese ambassador to the EU, YANG Yanyi, and the EU ambassador to China Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut. Both ambassadors will offer their perspectives on EU-China relations, including the summit preparations. Professor Gustaaf Geererts, Director of BICCS, will offer concluding remarks.

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Policy Briefing-The EU and the U.S. in Asia Cooperation or competition?

4 June 2015

Hans Binnendijk


Senior Fellow, SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University 

Lisa Buzenas, Political Officer responsible for Asia, U.S. Mission to the EU


Michael Reiterer, Principal Advisor for Asia, European External Action Service


Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre


Rosa Balfour, Senior Advisor, European Policy Centre (Moderator)


Monday 22 June 2015, 15.30 -17.30


EPC Auditorium, Rue du Trône 14-16 (3rd floor), 1000 Brussels

The European Policy Centre, in cooperation with the United States Mission to the EU, and the EU-Asia Centre, is delighted to invite you to this Policy Dialogue.

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INVITATION : EU-Japan relations after the Summit

28 May 2015

The EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on ‘EU-Japan relations after the Summit’ at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, from 1700-1830 on 2 June.

The EU-Japan summit on 29 May, hosted by Prime Minister Abe, will see a full complement of EU leaders (Tusk, Juncker, Mogherini and Malmstrom) attending. 

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Trends in Chinese ODI in Europe: A New Stage?

20 May 2015

The EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) hosted a panel discussion on ‘Trends in Chinese ODI in Europe: A New Stage?’

Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre said that as China’s economy has grown, so too has its stock of ODI. According to some figures its outward investment now exceeds its inward investment. But how is this trend affecting Europe? How should the EU react to the surge in Chinese ODI?

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‘Trends in Chinese ODI in Europe: A New Stage?’

2 May 2015

The EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) invite you to a panel discussion on ‘Trends in Chinese ODI in Europe: A New Stage?’ at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, from 1100-1230 on 19 May.

After a slow start Chinese outward direct investment (ODI) is increasingly rapidly in the EU. In 2014, total investment reached a record level of $18bn. This figure included major deals in Italy’s energy sector, in British real estate and infrastructure sectors, and in Portugal’s financial sector. Under current trends the 2014 figure could be doubled this year.

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Event report: China’s Reforms – Implications for the EU

19 March 2015

The reforms discussed at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) plus the implications for the EU were the main topics at a panel discussion organised by the EU-Asia Centre on 18 March.

Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre opened the discussion by stressing how nearly all decisions taken in China today had an impact on the outside world including the EU. It was important, therefore, to analyse trends in China. This was why the Centre had asse

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Event report - What Role for the EU in North East Asian security?

19 March 2015

A panel debate on 18 March organized by the EU-Asia Centre considered opportunities to increase cooperation between Korea, China and Japan, and obstacles to deepening and formalising such cooperation. The panel, made up of experts and officials from both Korea (Dr. CHOI Kang, Vice President of the Asian Institute for Policy Studies, Seoul; Mr SHIN Beomchul, Director General for Policy Planning, MFA Seoul) and the EU (Professor Shaun Breslin, Warwick University; Alfredo Conte, Director for Strategic Planning, EEAS) was moderated by Fraser Cameron, director of the EU-Asia Centre. An audience of officials, academics and businessmen gathered to exchange views on regional cooperation, the EU’s potential role and to gain first-hand experience of the North Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative (NAPCI).

Fraser Cameron opened the debate with a short description of the complicated security environment in NE Asia. It was against this background that President Park had launched the NAPCI initiative.  He hoped the speakers would analyse the prospects for more cooperation between Japan, China and Korea and the relevance of the EU model. 

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China’s Reform Prospects

5 March 2015

The spectacular rise of China has given rise to much speculation about the prospects for reform in China. Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have emphasised the urgency of reforming the Chinese economy, reducing state subsidies, promoting innovation, introducing the rule of law and tackling the damage caused by pollution. This month these issues will be top of the agenda of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC). But what are prospects of genuine reform? What are the priorities? How serious is the leadership in tackling corruption and promoting the rule of law? China’s reform efforts will have a major impact on the EU and EU-China relations. To discuss these issues the EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel debate from 0900-1030 on 18 March in the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. To register please send an a mail with your name and designation to

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Event report: EU-Japan – How to Move Forward

5 March 2015

The EU and Japan have enormous potential to deepen their relations agreed a panel of experts at an EU-Asia Centre event on 4 March. In his opening remarks Ambassador Katamaki said that despite the geographical distance and differences between EU and Japan, they were essentially two like-minded actors, sharing values and cooperating on a range of issues from East Asian security to Ukraine. The two sides were now negotiating new trade and political agreements to take this cooperation to new levels.

Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, agreed that it was vital that the FTA and SPA negotiations were concluded this year in order to inject some much needed momentum into the relationship. It was inevitable that each side was pre-occupied with its neighbourhood but, as like-minded actors, the EU and Japan could be working much more closely together in a range of issue in the security field (proliferation, cyber- crime, terrorism, etc) as well as economic and social issues such as innovation, ageing societies, health, robotics, low carbon technologies, urban transport and energy security. With Abe secure in power for four years and a new EU leadership in situ the time was ripe to move the relationship to a new level. 

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