Europe’s relationship with Asia has expanded beyond the traditional focus on development, trade, and security. Reflecting the changed geopolitical landscape and the increased global role of emerging economies, the focus of the EU and Friends of Europe is now also on Europe’s interaction with its global partners on climate change, connectivity and implementation of Agenda 2030. 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 Forum, 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 the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). We are also closely engaged in the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).