In a pointed declaration aimed at China, British foreign secretary Johnson declared on Thursday (27 July) that Britain's new aircraft carries would be sent to the Asia-Pacific region, commonly interpreted as the South China Sea (SCS), next year. French President Macron stirred things in the ongoing migration debate, when he announced plans to create "hotspots" in Libya in order to stem the flow of migrants coming from North Africa to the European Union (EU), mainly Italy. With the Association of Southeast Asian Nation's (ASEAN) 50th anniversary (8 August) coming closer, several Southeast Asian newspapers published articles reflecting on the same. With the 40th anniversary approaching of formal EU-ASEAN relations, the Bangkok post ran an article by Kavi Chongkittavorn, who suggested that the US under the Trump administration is strengthening the difficult relationship between the EU and ASEAN. Click on the image to read more.
Do you know that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded on 8 August 1967? Ten years later in 1977, ASEAN and the European Union (EU) became full dialogue partners. As ASEAN approaches its 50th birthday we invite you to make a wish for ASEAN and its relationship with the EU. We invite you to post a photo and make a wish! The post with the most likes would stand a chance to win a $50 Amazon voucher. Your birthday wish would also be a potential theme for our EU-ASEAN conference in November 2017. Click on the image for more details.
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of EU-ASEAN relations, the EU Centre would like to highlight 2 publications – 40 Years of EU-ASEAN Partnership and Prosperity: Trading and Investing Together, and 40 years of EU-ASEAN cooperation — 2017 edition. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre is co-organising the Asia-Europe Conference 2017 with Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya. It will be held on 3 & 4 August 2017 at the Auditorium of Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference will include four keynotes, with commentary on themes of inter-regional cooperation and closer Asia-Europe engagement, as well as panel discussions on comparative regionalism, soft-power, multiculturalism and economic regionalism. Click on the image to view programme details.
As mature economies with rather stable growth rates, the EU and Singapore continue to increase their commercial links - a trend highlighted by the recently published EU-Singapore Trade & Investment 2017 booklet. In effect, the European Union remains Singapore's most important trading partner when both goods and services are taken together. Click on the image to read more.
The EU Centre has published a Working Paper on “Challenges to the EU's Policies on Migrants and Asylum Seekers” by Julia Gour, Research Associate, EU Centre in Singapore. Click on the image to read more.