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Our Asia programme, including the Europe-China Dialogue, looks at the political, economic and social facets of the ‘Asian century’ and provides a high-level platform for dialogue between policymakers, academics, civil society and business leaders. As the global centre of gravity shifts further East in the 21st century, our ground-breaking work is contributing to a new interaction between the two regions and between the EU and individual countries including China, India, Japan and members of ASEAN.

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Our Asia programme, including the Europe-China Dialogue, looks at the political, economic and social facets of the ‘Asian century’ and provides a high-level platform for dialogue between policymakers, academics, civil society and business leaders. As the global centre of gravity shifts further East in the 21st century, our ground-breaking work is contributing to a new interaction between the two regions and between the EU and individual countries including China, India, Japan and members of ASEAN.

This year, our programme looks at the areas of convergence and divergence between Europe and Asia as a whole, and aims to set out a vision of what kind of future the two continents could co-create together. From structural and thematic issues of economics, such as trade and investment, to the concerns of the new decade – connectivity, health, the space race and the climate crisis — Europe and Asia can be at the forefront of a more just and equitable global society. As Friends of Europe looks to renew Europe’s own social contract, our Asia programme will open up the space to debate its limits globally, as well as the economic and social impacts of globalisation.

Indeed, Asia’s burgeoning middle classes, appetite for innovation, and capacity for South-South cooperation mean the continent will be at the heart of shaping the global agenda in the 21st century, and Europe must look to build meaningful partnerships with Asian powers large and small in order to face the global challenges ahead. We aim to facilitate exchange of ideas and to debate timely and key policy areas to improve and shape better Europe-Asia cooperation, through opening up our debates to new and diverse actors across not only policymaking, but private sector, implementation, civil society, and activist groups.

In the context of today’s changing world – in which Europe’s ‘geopolitical Commission’ finds itself looking increasingly eastwards for partnership – Friends of Europe’s platform also offers a distinct opportunity to promote new leadership from small- and medium-sized states who too often find themselves caught up in the midst of geopolitical competition between the world’s larger powers.

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