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 International Crisis Group
The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints.
Jakarta’s governor Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has won the presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, as the the General Elections Commission announced on Tuesday. His rival, former General Prabowo Subianto, received 47 percent of the almost 135 million votes cast in the 9 July election.
Due to unforeseen circumstances involving some of the panellists for the event on ‘The Future of EU-ASEAN Relations’ scheduled for tomorrow, 23 July, we regret that we have to cancel the event.
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