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East Asia -conflict or cooperation?

East Asia- Conflict or Cooperation?

11 September 2012

Speaking at an EU-Asia Centre briefing on 11 September, Professor Hitoshi TANAKA, chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, clarified Japan’s position with regard to the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, and called for all powers in East Asia to deepen their cooperation to avoid fuelling the crisis.

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FTAs in East Asia

The Growth of FTAs in East Asia

9 July 2012

On 9 July the EU Asia Centre and the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation held a seminar on ‘The Growth of FTAs in East Asia: Implications for the EU’. The keynote speech was given by Professor Shujiro Urata

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EU -Asia perceptions

EU through the Eyes of Asia and Asia in the Eyes of Europe

2 July 2012

Opening the event, Prof. Gustaaf Geeraerts, Director at BICCS, drew attention on the importance of understanding perceptions in international relations, particularly in the context of economic uncertainties and gravitational powers shift to Asia. Ronan Leniham, Project Executive (ASEF), briefly introduced the role of ASEF as well as the central objective of the project which is to provide feedback for more robust policies for the Asian and European sides. Prof. Martin Holland, outlined the research framework and methodology studying the mainstream media, public and elite perceptions of the EU in Asian context. The research team has tapped into a rich source of media reportages, public surveys and elite interviews in Asian countries so as to quantitatively and qualitatively measure the media visibility of the EU, centrality of EU in Asian news, positive/negative public opinions on the EU and the extent to which the elite see the EU as a great power. The findings suggest the EU being self-delusional in perceiving itself as a normative power in Asia. Economically the EU’s image may have been represented by the creation of Euro, however, it is not considered as a strong global power politically

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EU-India Relations

EU-India Relations

27 June 2012

On 26 June FRIDE and the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi held a seminar on EU-India relations. Participants included the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, MEPs, senior officials from the EEAS and representatives from other think tanks and research institutions.

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Sino-Russian Relationship

Sino-Russian Relationship

22 June 2012

On 22 June, the EU-Asia Centre jointly sponsored a discussion with Carnegie Europe and the Centre for European Reform about the Sino-Russian relationship and its impact on global governance institutions.

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RMB

Could the RMB replace the Dollar and Euro?

23 May 2012

On 31 May, the EU-Asia Centre jointly held a Panel debate in cooperation with the Belgium-Hong Kong Society and the Madariaga—College of Europe Foundation about the growing internationalisation of the renminbi (RMB) and its potential to displace the dollar and the euro as a primary international exchange currency. Panellists welcomed the gradual internationalisation of the RMB but thought it would take some time to achieve full convertibility, and even longer to displace the dollar or euro.

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China and the EU - Bringing in Civil Society, Culture and Education

China and the EU:Bringing in Civil Society, Culture and Education

9 May 2012

The Hanns Seidel Foundation held a lunchtime conference, 9 May 2012 on China and the EU with speakers from the EEAS, Chinese Central Party School and the EIAS.

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EU-ASEAN Prospects

EU-ASEAN Prospects

3 May 2012

Opening the event, Fraser Cameron, drew attention to the intervention by Rod Severino, the former Secretary General of ASEAN who had offered a cautiously optimistic picture of the prospects for EU-ASEAN relations.

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Liu and Vassiliou

CHINA-EU HPPD

18 April 2012

Following an agreement at the last EU-China Summit in Feburary the first EU-China High-Level People-to-People Dialogue Forum took place at the Centre Flagey on 18 April. There were three panels covering culture, education and youth followed by a plenary. 

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EU-China Prospects

EU-China Prospects

23 March 2012

Ambassador Wu Heilong  said that the EU-China relationship was one of the most important relationships in the world. Some people had described the last summit in February as the most successful ever. It was important to maintain the momentum.

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