Will Asia and Europe's official relations become commensurate with the two continents' importance in the world? When Singapore and France initiated the Asia-Europe Summit Meetings launched at the Bangkok ASEM Summit in 1996 Europe's relations with Asia were essentially limited to trade, finance, and some development aid for the poorest in Asia. Since then Asia has recovered from the 1998 economic crisis, surged economically and emerged politically onto the world stage - especially China and India are seen as global players. Europe meanwhile enlarged to 27 members and consolidated in a slow growth and rather inward-looking mode. Nevetheless EU relations with Asia have deepened and widened now with ongoing strategic relationships with China, India, Japan and Korea. EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreements are being finalised with most Asian countries. And Free Trade Agreements are either agreed (Korea) or under negotiation (Singapore, Vietnam, India, et alia) and regulatory sectoral dialogues and cooperation arrangements abound. When 49 Heads of State and Government from Asia and Europe meet in Brussels 4-5th October 2010 for the 8th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Summit will they able also to upgrade the two continents' relations politically? Could Europe become a significant political and security player in Asia? What role is there for Asia in the new multipolar world. How will the emerging Asian superpowers - China and India - act in this context?
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Thomas Roe, European Union Fellow 2010-2011, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
- Monday, 25 October 2010
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road