The EU-Japan summit on 29 May was described as ‘positive’ by those attending the meeting. Prime Minister Abe hosted EU Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.
The two sides reviewed progress on the FTA negotiations and the parallel strategic partnership agreement. They agreed to accelerate the negotiations on both with a view to completion as soon as possible ‘preferably by the end of 2015.’ (Japan is on the brink of concluding the TPP with the US and several Asian partners which will also impact on the EU).
The summit touched on several hot spot issues including Ukraine and Russia, East Asian security, the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East and Africa.
Both parties confirmed they would not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and called on all parties to implement the Minsk agreements.
By Jess,Xufeng JIA
Russia is increasingly turning towards China as a result of Western sanctions. But although there is much talk and diplomatic support there are few concrete results due to Russia’s structural economic problems. This short-term ‘axis of convenience’ could, however, develop into a more strategic alliance in the future given the right incentives on both sides.
Let me start with a sincere thank you. First of all for the invitation: it is not to be given for granted, that the European Union - that for sure is not an Asian or a Pacific power - is considered relevant in this Dialogue.
26, June, Brussles.
Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre, said that it was an opportune moment to discuss EU-China relations as it was on the eve of the 29 June summit. Relations had developed enormously since 1975 and now it was important to assess and agree priorities in order to move on to a new stage of EU-China cooperation.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.