The EU’s new China strategy paper published on 22 June seeks to map out the EU’s interests in dealing with China over the next five years. It is strangely entitled "Elements for a new EU strategy on China" which would indicate that it does not seek to be a comprehensive report.
The paper, a joint project of the EEAS and European Commission, has a strong economic dimension. It remarks that ‘China's political, economic and social development matter to the EU more than ever. They present major opportunities for the EU, especially in creating jobs and growth in Europe, but need to be addressed in a coordinated and effective way in order to produce the best possible outcomes for both the EU and China.’
While it recognizes the economic importance of China the paper does not shy away from criticizing the slow pace of internal reform and the lack of market access for European business. It suggests the EU experience could be beneficial for China.
By Fraser Cameron
The EU’s mixed strategy towards SE Asia, supporting the association of south-east Asian nations (ASEAN) while pursuing bilateral agreements, is showing results.
The Global Strategy presented by Federica Mogherini to the European Council last week called for a deepening of economic diplomacy and an increased security role for the EU in Asia.
The EU-Asia Centre, together with the WWF, invite you to a panel discussion on 'China's economic and environmental challenges and their impact on the EU' at the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, from 1430-1800 on 5 July.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.
30 June 2016