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10 Years of EU-China Strategic Partnership - An Assessment

13 June 2013

Panellists at an EU-Asia Centre policy briefing on “Ten Years of EU-China Strategic Partnership” gave a largely upbeat assessment of progress in the past decade.

Minister-Counsellor of the Chinese Mission, Li Song, spoke about the many achievements and challenges of the EU-China relationship. The high level dialogues and the people-to-people exchanges were a reflection of the intensification of the relationship. The number of staff at the Chinese mission had vastly increased in recent years to cover the multitude areas of cooperation. The EU was China’s main trading partner and China had supported the EU as it went through the recent difficulties. Among the challenges were enhancing political trust and solving trade disputes. Given the large volume of trade disputes, such as the current problem with solar panels, were inevitable but should be resolved through dialogue. There was growing cooperation on foreign policy issues such as Iran.

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INVITATION: Ten Years of EU-China Strategic Partnership – An Assessment

12 June 2013

After a decade of EU-China strategic partnership where is the relationship going? Does China still view the EU as a serious partner? How has the financial crisis affected EU policy towards China? What are the priorities of each side? What are the prospects of resolving new (solar panels) and outstanding (arms embargo, market economy status) disputes? How long will it take to agree an investment treaty? Are the EU and China more rivals than friends?

The policy briefing will take place from 1100-1245 on 12 June at the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels.

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Pakistan and Regional Security

Pakistan and Regional Security

15 May 2013

Panellists at an EU-Asia Centre policy briefing on 15 May were broadly agreed that the elections in Pakistan were a historic opportunity for the country. Huma Yusuf just back from observing the elections, said notable features included the high turnout, the number of female voters and the pragmatic nature of electoral debate. 

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European Youth Dialogue - New Perspectives for an Old Idea

6 May 2013


Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung has the pleasure of inviting you to a conference on:

European Youth Dialogue: New Perspectives for an Old Idea

Monday, 6 May 2013, 6.30 until 9.10 pm

Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels





Dr. Angelika SCHLUNCK, Director, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union

Christian FORSTNER, Director, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Brussels


Doris PACK, MEP, Chair, Committee of Culture and Education, Boardmember, EPP-Group

Xavier PRATS MONNÉ, Deputy Director General for Education and Culture, European Commission

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EU-China Relations after the National People’s Congress

21 March 2013

The EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute for Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) invite you to a panel discussion from 0900-1030 at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels, on 21 March.

The NPC has approved the transition in China’s state leadership and set the guidelines for the government’s work in coming years. The panel will assess the implications of the NPC decisions for China’s internal policies and EU-China relations.

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NPC and EU-China Relations

The NPC and EU - China Relations

21 March 2013

On 21 March, the EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute for Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) held a panel discussion on the prospects of EU-China relations after the National People’s Congress. 

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Prospects for EU-Korea Relations and Regional Integration in East Asia

13 March 2013

The EU-Asia Centre and Covington&Burling invite you to a roundtable on EU-Korea relations, and Regional Integration in East Asia on 13 March from 1100-1245 in the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels.

EU-Korea relations have not had the same limelight as EU-China, or EU-Japan relations. But Korea is a strategic partner of the EU, and unlike China or Japan, it has a free trade agreement with the EU. This roundtable will assess the future relationship between the EU and Korea as well as the prospects for regional integration in East Asia. The US is pressing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) while China, Japan and Korea are considering a trilateral FTA. China and Japan are also seeking to enhance ties with ASEAN. The EU is paying more attention to Asia and seeking to join the East Asia Summit. But how will developments in East Asia affect EU external policy?

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EU-Korea Roundtable

13 March 2013

On 13 March, the EU-Asia Centre and Covington&Burling LLP held a roundtable on EU-Korea Relations and Regional Integration in East Asia. Ambassador Jean de Ruyt, Senior Advisor at Covington&Burling LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world, welcomed participants to what he called a very timely event in light of the EU-Korean FTA and rising tensions in East Asia.

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EU-Asia Networking Conference

EU-Asia Networking Conference

23 February 2013

The EU-Asia Centre and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a jointly organized networking conference on 12 February 2013 at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels. The conference aimed at establishing a network of European experts working on Asia.

Jehanne Roccas, Director for Asia and Oceania at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined the aim of the conference in her opening remarks and emphasised the added benefit the pooling of European expertise on Asia could bring to the EU. Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, accentuated the opportunity to identify and bridge gaps between experts and officials at the conference.

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EU-Korea Public Diplomacy Conference

21 February 2013

On 21 February 2013 the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, the EU-Korea Institute at VUB and ISIS Europe jointly held a conference on ‘EU-Korea Public Diplomacy’.

Part of the conference was a workshop on ‘The FTA in action: lessons learned, challenges ahead’. The workshop was chaired by Prof. Dr Bart Kerremans from KU Leuven. The speakers were Prof. Dr Werner Pascha from Duisburg-Essen University, Prof. Dr James Mathis from the University of Amsterdam, Seung-ho Kim , Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Korean Embassy to Belgium and the EU, and Peter Berz, Head of Unit Far East from DG Trade at the European Commission.

Prof. Pascha gave an overview of the FTA’s achievements so far. EU exports to Korea had risen, especially in areas with significant liberalisation. Korean exports to the EU had fallen due to the financial crisis but were recently recovering.

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