Opening a major conference on ASEM on 16 September, the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, said that Europe and Asia were becoming more and more interdependent in the fields of politics, security, economics, trade, finance, and the environment. Looking ahead to next month’s summit in Milan, which he will chair, President van Rompuy said that ASEM provided a valuable fora for leaders to meet in both multilateral and bilateral formats. The many side meetings were a major contribution to reducing CO2 emissions! The summit would be preceded by a business forum, a parliamentary meeting and various youth and people to people events. Mr van Rompuy said that these civil society contacts as well as the mushrooming exchange students and tourists were bringing Europe and Asia ever closer together. Both sides still needed to make a greater effort to understand each other’s culture.
By Yanyi YANG
In spring this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid state visits to the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and the EU headquarters all for the first time in his presidency.
India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is moving quickly to establish India as a major global actor. This month he has visited Japan, received President Xi Jinping of China and will shortly make his first visit to the US.
The EU-Asia Centre invites you to attend the conference “China Goes West: What Chinese direct investment means for the EU.” The event will be held on,Tuesday, 14th of October,2014, at the Brussels Press Club,95 Rue Froissart, 1000 Brussels, starting at 17:00.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.