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Conference Report: ‘ASEM - Asia and Europe Working Together’

19 September 2014

Executive Summary

This conference brought together over 250 participants from civil society, think tanks, academic experts, the media, business, as well as officials from the EU institutions and member states of ASEM.

The objective was to provide an opportunity for civil society to make its views known on a number of key issues in advance of the 10th ASEM summit in October in Milan.  The themes and speakers for each panel were chosen in close cooperation with the EEAS to reflect the issues likely to be discussed at the Milan summit.

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INVITATION - ASEM: Asia and Europe Working Together

16 September 2014

The EU-Asia Centre, together with the EEAS and the European Commission, invites you to attend the conference “ASEM – Asia and Europe Working Together.” The event will be held on Tuesday, 16 September 2014, at the European Commission Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170 in Brussels, starting at 0900.

Taking place exactly one month before the ASEM 10 Summit in Milan on 16-17 October, the conference will be an important opportunity for a public dialogue on Asia-Europe relations. In particular, it will provide an occasion for interested stakeholders and experts outside the official sphere to present their ideas on the ASEM process and its future and to provide inspiration for the official discussions to be held in Milan. 

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Event Cancelled - The Future of EU-ASEAN Relations

23 July 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances involving some of the panellists for the event on ‘The Future of EU-ASEAN Relations’ scheduled for tomorrow, 23 July, we regret that we have to cancel the event.

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ECRAN Young Scholars Roundtable

19 June 2014

Organised alongside the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) annual conference in Brussels, the EU-Asia Centre organised a roundtable for young scholars on 17 and 19 of June. The goal of the roundtable was to bring together young researchers working on EU-China relations with senior academics and policy makers in that field and to foster the exchange of ideas and research. The roundtable took place on two days, before and after the ECRAN annual conference, to give the young scholars the opportunity to attend the conference and establish contacts with experts in the field.

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India Votes – Implications for the EU

21 May 2014

On 20 May, the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on the outcome of the general elections in India and the implications for EU-India relations. Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri said the elections were a massive demonstration of support for India’s democracy. Over 500 million votes had been cast with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 282 and over 330 seats with their allies. The elections had been held in a peaceful, fair, and free manner. The leader of the BJP, Narendra Modi, had won majorities in all parts of the country which was evidence of the desire for a change. There were high hopes that the new government would tackle development issues, boost economic growth, and continue win-win cooperation with other countries. Even though the foreign policy priorities of the incoming government were not clear yet, it was likely that the EU would be near the top of the list. Indeed the COO of the EEAS would be visiting India on 26 June for a meeting of the EU-India Joint Commission.

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INVITATION: India Votes – Implications for the EU

20 May 2014

The EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on the prospects for EU-India relations after the Indian elections. With the world’s largest democracy having just completed voting what are the prospects for the new government? What do we know about the new prime minister? What challenges does he face? What will be his priorities? To discuss these issues we are pleased that the Ambassador of India, Manjeev Singh Puri, has agreed to open our panel discussion. The event will be on 20 May, 1100-1230, at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels.

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25 March

EU-China Relations and Xi's Visit

26 March 2014

At a joint EU-Asia Centre/BICCS panel discussion on EU-China relations in light of the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Brussels panelists were agreed that this was a crucial moment in EU-China relations. The chairman, Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said that President Xi’s ten day trip to Europe would offer him a first-hand opportunity not only to meet European leaders but to gain insights into the EU institutions and four member states – the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium. 

In her opening remarks, Yang Yanyi, Ambassador of China to the EU, underlined the significance of Xi’s visit and said that the scope of EU-China relations had expanded enormously in the past decade. There were many challenges and opportunities but what was important was tappping the potential of the relationship. There would always be irritants given the size of the relationship (over one billion euros of trade daily) but overall, common interests outweighed differences.

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INVITATION - EU-China Relations and Xi's Visit

25 March 2014

The EU-Asia Centre and the Brussels Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies (BICCS) invite you to a panel discussion on EU-China relations on 25 March, 1100-1230, at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels.

Just a week before the historic visit of President Xi Jinping to the EU, the panel will discuss the prospects for the future of the EU-China relationship in light of important domestic changes in China (implementation of the Third Plenum decisions) and the EU (elections and leadership changes). What policy areas should the EU and China focus on? What are the potential obstacles? How to build greater trust?

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Political Situation SEA

Political Change in Southeast Asia

24 February 2014

Opening a panel discussion on political changes in SE Asia, Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said that the region would remain vulnerable to global developments, especially the financial and economic situation in China, the US and the EU, as well as energy prices. Thailand remained mired in political uncertainty with sporadic violence. Indonesia was facing important elections in July. There was on-going political uncertainty in Myanmar and Malaysia. Other countries faced growing corruption which could have a political impact. In addition, several countries were involved in border disputes. Against this background the EU was keen to deepen its relations with ASEAN.

Michael Montesano, Visiting Fellow (ISEAS), Singapore, said that there was indeed considerable political volatility in the region, often linked to rapid economic and social change. Traditional political models were also changing and there was continuing tension from the disputes in the South China Sea. Political uncertainty has now gripped Thailand for 3 months, and shows no sign of abating following the 2 February general election won by sitting PM Yingluck Shinawatra but boycotted by the opposition.

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INVITATION: Political Change in Southeast Asia

23 February 2014

The EU-Asia Centre is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on current political developments in Southeast Asia, a region of growing interest to the EU with a planned EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting in the coming weeks. The on-going crisis in Thailand will be a central feature of the panel discussion. There are important elections looming in Indonesia while the political situation remains contested in Malaysia and Cambodia. Vietnam and Singapore are also experiencing internal political pressures. The discussion will take place from 1700-1830 on Monday, 24 February at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels.

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