The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 10) was held in Milan on 16-17 October with leaders from over 50 European and Asian countries attending. ASEM 10 was hosted by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and chaired by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy. Two new members joined the club - Croatia and Kazakhstan.
Under the theme “Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security”, leaders exchanged views on economic, financial, regional and global issues, as well as traditional and non-traditional security challenges. Leaders also agreed to strengthen ASEM’s three pillars of cooperation in the lead-up to ASEM’s 20th anniversary in 2016. ASEM 11 will be hosted by Mongolia.
By International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group’s latest report, Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State looks at how the legacy of colonial history, decades of authoritarian rule and state-society conflict have laid the foundation for today’s complex mix of intercommunal and inter-religious tensions.
Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was inaugurated as President of Indonesia this week. “As the captain of the ship as trusted by the people, I urge you all to get on the ship of the Republic of Indonesia and sail towards Indonesia Raya” he said in his inauguration speech.
On the 14th of October, the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on Chinese outward direct investment in the EU with Joel Backaler, of Frontier Strategy Group and author of “China Goes West.” His book gives a clear message: Chinese investment will grow – and it is time for the West to come to terms with it. But changes in attitude and behaviour in business and government will be needed on both sides to maximize the potential benefit and avoid risks.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.