On 15 September, President Park hosted President Tusk and Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström for the annual EU-Korea summit in Seoul. This was largely a routine summit as relations between the two sides are very good and there are few major issues of disagreement. Korea is the only country in Asia with which the EU has three major agreements covering trade, political and security cooperation.
It was also an interesting summit from an institutional perspective as this was the first summit where the usual EU tandem of President of the Council and President of the Commission were not both present. Juncker had pressing issues at home, notably migration, and his role was divided between Tusk and Malmström.
By Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Australia’s new government led by Malcom Turnbull will be very different from its predecessor, though of the same Liberal-National coalition. However residual conservative forces within its ranks mean that major changes in direction are unlikely in the short-term.
The ruling PAP intensified their five decade hold on power by winning nearly 70% of the two million votes cast and 83 of 89 seats in last Friday’s elections. The opposition, running in all constituencies for the first time, had hoped to challenge the PAP's dominance which had seen their share of the vote drop to 60% in 2011.
This year's annual EU-China Think Tank Roundtable took place on 20-23 September. It was hosted by the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and the Centre for South China Sea Studies at Nanjing University. Building on the longstanding cooperation, participants of the 11th roundtable could freely exchange views on current and structural issues of EU-China relations.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.