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Asia wants a stronger global role for Europe

By Fraser Cameron, Director

17 February 2017

Fraser Cameron is Director of the EU-Asia Centre and a Senior Advisor to Cambre Associates,  a Brussels-based, integrated public relations and public affairs consultancy.

Asked in Washington last Friday (10 February) whether the EU was ready to take on a greater leadership role, Federica Mogerhini gave a clear answer. ‘Yes, we are ready’ said the EU’s foreign policy chief.

Given the international criticism and uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s entry into the White House could this indeed be an opportunity for the EU to come of age on the global stage?

At first sight the idea may sound far-fetched what with Brexit, the refugee crisis and the rise of populism throughout Europe. But the EU remains the largest market in the world, the largest provider of development assistance and the strongest supporter of the multilateral system. The European political system has been shaken up but to date there are no populist parties governing any major member state. It is this boring reliability that other powers, especially in Asia, are beginning to recognise as a strength, especially given the unpredictability surrounding the future of US foreign policy.

In Asia, despite recent reassurances, they wonder if long-standing alliances will still hold and are perplexed as to why Washington is prepared to cede economic leadership to China by tearing up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In Beijing, they wonder if the bipartisan One China policy will really remain intact and whether Trump is planning a trade war with China.

In Europe the questions concern the implications of a potential US rapprochement with Russia – at what cost? Will Trump adhere to the Iran nuclear deal? Will he maintain America’s commitment to the Paris climate change agreement? And will he turn his back on free trade and multilateral institutions?

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SADF

Education: South Asia’s foundation for the future

By Transatlantic Academy

7 February 2017

This policy brief analyses the current state of basic education in South Asia and the different areas that require attention to improve it. This study focuses in particular in three key areas: the impediments to school inscription and attendance; the teachers’ role for quality education; the ideology in educat ion, in particular religion and nationalism. The policy brief argues that the qual i ty of schools rather than attendance is the main issue to be addressed. For this, teachers are fundamental. Likewise, the content of what is being taught must also be revised in order to promote a tolerant and inclusive world vision.

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Book Review: Knowing China, Frank N Pieke, Cambridge University Press

By Fraser Cameron, Director

27 December 2016

Given the enormous implications of China’s rise for the global system this is a timely review of the political system of contemporary China. Taking into account recent research Professor Pieke has produced a highly readable account of how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has managed to transform itself and China.

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蓝红

Book Review:The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations

By Rui Yan

26 December 2016

Written by two specialists with long experience of EU-China relations, this new volume examines how each actor has coped with the global economic crisis and argues that the promising potential for EU-China cooperation is being repeatedly undermined by political obstacles and a failure to implement reforms in China.There is unlikely to be much progress unless China becomes a genuine market economy and cuts down the massive subsidies for its state owned enterprises.The authors are doubtful, however, that the leadership in Beijing will be able to achieve their goals.

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The EU’s Own 'Pivot to Asia'

By Fraser Cameron

12 December 2016

Although there has been much talk of the U.S. “pivot to Asia,” the European Union (EU) has also been increasing its relations with Asia in recent years. The Diplomat’s Shannon Tiezzi spoke with Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Center, about the reasons for the EU pivot and the future of EU engagement with Asia states.

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Asian Concerns over Trump

By Fraser Cameron, Director

28 November 2016

Like Europe Asia was stunned at the victory of Donald Trump. Asian leaders were planning on continuity of US policy with Hillary Clinton, one of the architects of the US pivot to Asia, in the White House. Now everything is in the air and uncertainty, whether in security or trade or human rights, reigns supreme.

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EU-China economic ties will withstand disputes over MES

By Fraser Cameron

27 July 2016

Just a week after the issue of market economy status dominated the EU-China summit in Beijing, the Commission discussed on 20 July the results of the impact assessment undertaken by DG Trade.

The discussion focused on the political, economic and legal implications of a decision on MES which must be taken by the end of the year. For China the matter is clear. China was promised MES 15 years after it joined in 2001. There can be no arguing – the promise must be kept. For the EU there is a strong legal view that the Chinese are in the right and failure to grant China MES would result in a lengthy fight at the WTO which the EU would probably lose.

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"Paris was the easy part." - Climate Action in India, Japan and South Korea post-COP21

By Susanna Mocker

19 July 2016

The Paris Agreement has rightly been hailed as historic. On 12 December 2015 a record of 195 states adopted the first universal and legally-binding climate deal. Only six years earlier the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties (COP) had rather reinforced the divide between the Global North and South. Despite this success, the Paris Agreement is only a document outlining good intentions as long as it is not implemented. As Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change put it, Paris was “the easy part.”

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EU ASEAN

The EU’s Mixed Strategy for SE Asia

By Fraser Cameron

22 June 2016

The EU’s mixed strategy towards SE Asia, supporting the association of south-east Asian nations (ASEAN) while pursuing bilateral agreements, is showing results. The EU has proposed an ambitious menu of support for the ten-member ASEAN and its new ASEAN Economic Community, and offered to develop its relations into a strategic partnership. 

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Merkel in China

“Beijing-Berlin connection” revisited

By Mikko Huotari

20 June 2016

Germany has built a more cooperative relationship with China than most Western nations. But even Angela Merkel’s influence in Beijing only goes so far, as her recent trip has shown. In light of Beijing's more aggressive foreign policy, Germany is well advised to coordinate its China policy.

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