The coronavirus pandemic may finally see Europe-Asia relations enter a new paradigm. From cooperating with ‘systemic rival’ China for PPE supply, to deepening relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the EU is acknowledging that while areas of divergence around trade and security remain, it’s time to focus on where we converge. Friends of Europe looks into Europe’s interaction with global partners in promoting new leadership, challenging inequalities and prioritising a green future. Our programmes and activities track these conversations – and foresee new ones – through publications and events that aim to make sense of our changing world.
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. With interdependence between Asia and Europe set to grow even further, 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. We also closely engage on the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).
In the context of today’s changing world – in which Europe’s new ‘geopolitical Commission’ finds itself looking increasingly eastwards for partnership – Friends of Europe’s platform also offers a distinct opportunity to small- and medium-sized states who too often find themselves caught up in the midst of geopolitical competition between the world’s larger powers. Our Diplomatic Network aims to foster dialogue and exchange among members of Brussels’ diplomatic corps.