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EU-Asia Policy

13 October 2017

On 11 October the EU-Asia Centre held a special briefing on the prospects of EU Policy towards Asia with Gunnar Wiegand, the Managing Director in the EEAS for Asia. He was joined by two discussants: Shada Islam, Director of Policy, Friends of Europe and Jana Dreyer, Editor of the Borderlex trade newsletter.

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Event report --- Trilateral Relationship in an uncertain world

11 October 2017

On 28 September 2017 the EU-Asia Centre, the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies (BACES) and the Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), together with Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations, Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques, organized a conference on the future of EU-China-US relations – “Trilateral Relationship in an uncertain world”.

Opening the event, Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, said that we were living in very unpredictable times. Who would have thought a year ago that the EU and China would have more in common on climate change and free trade than the US?  Now that Donald Trump had been in office nine months it was timely to to assess what were the prospects for the EU, US and China working together to address some of the major global challenges.

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Event Invitation, 11th October --- EU Policy towards Asia

4 October 2017

The EU is steadily increasing its ties to Asia, home of four strategic partners (China, India, Japan and Korea).  More than half of the EU’s trade is with Asia and it is the biggest investment partner in most Asian countries. An FTA with Japan is nearing completion and follows a similar agreement with Korea. Negotiations with China for an investment treaty are on-going while it is hoped that the EU-India summit on 6 October will deepen cooperation with the largest democracy in the world.  The EU is also seeking to increase its cooperation with Asian partners on a range of global issues from trade and climate change to migration and terrorism.

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Event report --- How Green is China?

28 September 2017

On 28 September the EU-Asia Centre organized a panel discussion on the question - How Green is China?

In the discussion questions were raised about the role of civil society actors, the car sector and consequences for domestic pollution (e-cars), the future of nuclear energy and the binding nature of the Paris agreement.

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Invitation Sep. 28th --- How Green is China?

21 September 2017

The EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on the state of the environment in China. Beijing is now a strong defender of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and a ‘Green China’ is now propagated by the government as a top priority. China has made remarkable progress in introducing Green technology and is working with the EU on several environmental projects. At the same time there are huge challenges in cleaning up the environment, not least due to years of neglect, the emphasis on economic growth and the heavy dependence on coal.

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Invitation on Sep. 28th---EU-China-US Trilateral Relationship in an Uncertain World

13 September 2017

Given the importance of the EU, the United States and China for the global system what are the prospects for trilateral cooperation in different policy areas? It might have seemed strange to consider such a question just a few years ago when the transatlantic relationship was unquestionably closer than either EU-China or US-China relations. But the swift rise of China as a global actor and especially the advent of Donald Trump as President of the US have brought about some fundamental changes.

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Event Report --- EU-Japan relations

19 July 2017

On 12 July the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on the prospects for EU-Japan relations against the background of the agreements in principle which both sides reached on 6 July.

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EU-Japan Event Invitation on July 12th

6 July 2017

The EU-Japan summit on 6 July which announced a political agreement on the FTA and a strategic partnership agreement (SPA) will lead to a significant deepening of the relationship. Japan is the EU’s second biggest market in Asia. More than 70,000 EU companies export to Japan (worth 86 billion euros) involving 600,000 jobs. The FTA could give a massive boost to food exports as well as chemicals and machinery. The SPA will also deepen cooperation on global issues, eg the world economy, climate change and migration, and regional problems such as the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia, Syria, the Middle East and the DPRK.

 

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Roundtable discussion on EU, China and the Middle East

1 July 2017

On 28 June, the EU-Asia Centre organized a roundtable with senior EU officials and a visiting delegation of Middle East experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The themes discussed included the major powers and the Middle East, domestic trends, energy supplies and security.

EU speakers spoke of existing good cooperation with China in the field of maritime security (Operation Atalanta), Iran (nuclear non-proliferation), and economic development (Belt and Road Initiative). There were, however, gowing concerns over the situation in the Gulf, Libya, Yemen and the Horn of Africa. There had been a recent increase in piracy attacks. The EU was directly affected by developments in the region, notably through migration. Hence the EU was developing a new assistance package to try and stabilise countries most affected by conflict.

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Roundtable discussion on EU and China’s Interests in the Middle East

23 June 2017

In light of a visiting high-level delegation of Middle East experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) ,the EU-Asia Centre is organizing a roundtable on 28 June from 1230-1430 in the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95.

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