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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.

What happens in Asian hot spots such as the Korean peninsula, the South China Sea or Myanmar can have direct consequences for the EU. A clear sign that Asia recognises the EU’s growing involvement in the region is the fact that the EU has been invited to the East Asia Summit for the first time. Donald Tusk will attend while Federica Mogherini will be visiting Myanmar for the ASEM ministerial in November – next year’s ASEM summit will be in Brussels.

The EU-Asia Centre is thus pleased to invite you to a special briefing, by Gunnar Wiegand, the Managing Director in the EEAS for Asia, from 1700-1830 on 11 October in the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. There will also be two discussants: Shada Islam, Director of Policy, Friends of Europe and Iana Dreyer, editor of Borderlex trade newsletter.

Please register here