16 March 2017
Opening the event on 15 March, Fraser Cameron drew attention to the many uncertainties surrounding trade policy. What would happen to TPP? Is there an opportunity for the EU to play a leadership role? Could China now dominate the trade scene with RCEP? Could the EU-Japan FTA be completed in the coming months?
1 March 2017
As President Trump withdraws the US from the TPP, seen by Obama as the centre of the US pivot to Asia, what does this mean for trade policy in Asia? Is there an opportunity for the EU to play a leadership role? Could the TPP be saved under Japan-Australia leadership? Could China now dominate the trade scene with RCEP? What are the prospects for the Asia-Pacific FTA (FTAAP) idea? What is the future for bilateral relationships, whether the US or EU with Japan, China, and the countries of SE Asia? Can the EU-Japan FTA be completed in the coming months? These and other issues will be discussed at a panel discussion from 1700-1830 on 15 March in the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels.
23 February 2017
On 22 February the EU-Asia Centre and the Confucius Institute of the VUB held a panel discussion on OBOR with Chinese and EU experts. Opening the event, Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, pointed to OBOR as a new and important element of EU-China relations. The Centre was part of the OBOR think tank network and would be participating in the 14 May summit in Beijing.
16 February 2017
On 9 February, 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 workshop and academic debate on the Trump Administration and US-China Relations: The Chinese and European Perspectives.
15 February 2017
The EU-Asia Centre together with the Confucius Institute of the VUB invite you to a panel discussion on the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. With the EU and China demonstrating many common areas of interest including free trade, regional security and climate change, OBOR takes on new significance as a catalyst for EU-China relations. The EU has reacted positively to OBOR and is now exploring various joint projects. But how is OBOR viewed in the Member States? How is it viewed by the media and experts?
30 January 2017
With the new US president taking office on 20 January 2017, it is necessary to reflect on the future of US-China relations, and their impact on Europe. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump criticized China strongly on trade and regional security. He alsoraised tensions by entertaining a phone conversation with the Taiwanese leader, hence questioning the One-China policy. Whereas his team includes notable hardliners towards China, his actual policy and intentions remain unclear.
From a Europeanperspective, thefuture of US-China relations is of tremendous importance, in terms of global stability, prosperity and responsibility. It will also determine the scope and direction of Europe’s quest for strategic autonomy. In this context, the Brussels Academy for China and European Studies(BACES)and theConfucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), together withEgmont -Royal Institute for International Relations, Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques, EU-Asia Centre in Brussels, are co-sponsoringa workshop and academic debate on Trump Administration and US-China Relations: The Chinese and European Perspectiveson 9 February 2017 at Egmont Palacein Brussels.
26 January 2017
Fraser Çameron had talks on ASEAN in the Thai MFA on 26 January
Summary Report of the EU Asia Centre and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Roundtable on EU-ASEAN and EU-China relations in Hong Kong
12 December 2016
Political changes, especially the election of Trump and Duterte, made the future very unpredictable. ASEAN needed to concentrate on its current agenda, deliver on connectivity, improve capacity building, labour mobility and reduce non tariff barriers. It should also promote labour mobility and civil society exchanges which might encourage an ASEAN identity. There needed to be a debate on amending the consensus principle and strengthening the institutions of ASEAN. ASEAN should raise awareness as a first step towards building an identity.
28 November 2016
Africa, often described as the lost continent, is rising fast despite many problems. There are 54 countries in Africa, many landlocked and very poor. There are many conflicts - Mali, Chad, South-Sudan, etc which show no sign of diminishing. Africa’s economic output is $1.6 trillion or just 2.5% of global GDP. But six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and it is expected that its population will increase from one to two billion by 2050.
Against this background both the EU and China are seeking new strategies to deal with Africa. The influence of China is rapidly increasing. Its exports to Africa have tripled in the past decade and now account for 20% of all imports. The EU’s and China’s agenda in and for Africa have often been perceived as being at odds. The annual EU-China discussions on Africa have produced few concrete results as regards possible areas for cooperation. This is perhaps rooted in the different interests, aims and profiles of both actors. While both entities seek to promote beneficial developmental models in Africa they proceed on very different principles.
visiting ASEAN diplomats and officials on EU-Asia relations at the Dutch permanent representation on 17 November
27 November 2016
The EU-Asia Centre Director, Fraser Cameron, briefed a group of visiting ASEAN diplomats and officials on EU-Asia relations at the Dutch permanent representation on 17 November. The group also had meetings with EU officials as part of a training programme organised by the Clingendael Institute.