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EU-ASEAN Ministerial Charts Progress

21 January 2019

EU and ASEAN Foreign Ministers today agreed to upgrade their relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’, in a show of "support of multilateralism and the rule-based global order".

Both parties reiterated their longstanding partnership as “partners in integration” and set out to strengthen cooperation in a number of key areas, including the future of global trade, connectivity, cyber security, energy security and counterterrorism. 

The Brussels ministerial took place just hours after the Council adopted new conclusions on EU-ASEAN relations (see below) which listed several avenues for enhanced cooperation. In a remarkably short document, the Council reiterated its offer to contribute substantially to policy and security and defense-related fora led by ASEAN, and underlined its determination to advance mutually beneficial cooperation on connectivity in line with the EU’s recently adopted connectivity strategy.

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Prospects for EU-Asia Cooperation on Energy Security

By Alana Fitzpatrick

18 December 2018

Our Research Assistant Alana Fitzpatrick argues that the EU and Asia share a strong strategic incentive to cooperate on energy security.


Xi Refuses Outside Pressure to Reform (Plus Latest EU Policy Paper)

19 December 2018

In a major speech on 18 December marking 40 years since the reform and opening up of the Chinese economy by Deng Xiaoping, President Xi Jinping praised the country’s great development from poverty to prosperity and warned that ‘no one is in a position to dictate to the Chinese people what should or should not be done.’ China would develop at its own pace, in its own style, without outside interference or pressure.'

He stated that China would never seek to be a global hegemon and China’s development ‘will never constitute a threat to any other country.’ Xi made no direct mention of the current trade dispute with the US but emphasised China’s role as a defender of world peace and the international order. 


28 Jan: Connecting East and West - The Interpersonal Dimension

The EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on public diplomacy with an emphasis on people-to-people connectivity, with Oscar and Grammy laureate Tan Dun.


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