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.
The text of “Decision on Several Important Issues Regarding the All-Around Promotion of Ruling the State According to Law,” passed by the Fourth Plenum on 23 October (the text is available in .pdf below) contemplates some positive legal reforms, although hardly fundamental, since institutionally speaking, the Party remains above the law.
As EU leaders prepare to head off to Brisbane for the G20 summit on 16-17 November, this event will consider the EU's relationship with two of its closest partners in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia, and New Zealand.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.