EU and ASEAN foreign ministers met in Brussels on 23 July for their biannual meeting to review progress in their relationship. The meeting, co-chaired by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, Vietnamese foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, agreed on a number of steps including boosting connectivity between the two regions and enhancing maritime security cooperation.
On connectivity, they agreed to concentrate on physical infrastructure and communication systems using where possible public and private partnerships. There will also be closer cooperation on aviation matters.
On the maritime side cooperation will include port security, counter-piracy, illegal fishing, the sustainable management of maritime resources, information sharing and capacity building.
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.
An EU-Asia Centre (EAC) delegation including Fraser Cameron (Director), Isabel Hilton and David Pilling (Senior Advisors) visited the DPRK from 6-10 September at the invitation of the Korea Institute for Peace and Disarmament (IPD).
The EU-Asia Centre, together with the EEAS and the European Commission, invites you to attend the conference “ASEM – Asia and Europe Working Together.” The event will be held on Tuesday, 16 September 2014, at the European Commission Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170 in Brussels, starting at 0900.
EU-ASIA Centre is a think tank dedicated to promoting closer relations between the EU and Asia.