Asia

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The emergence of Asia is of global significance. Getting EU relations right with this diverse and dynamic region is one of the major challenges facing Europe. We are deepening our strategic partnerships with China, India, Japan and negotiations are well underway on new partnership and free trade agreements with South Korea and with south-east Asian countries. Regular and wide-ranging dialogue takes place, leading increasingly to cooperation and convergence on global issues, regional security questions as well as regulatory policy and other economic issues. Many agreements in fields ranging from tourism to nuclear research are either in place or under discussion.

Asia comprises high-income industrialised partners and dynamic emerging economies but is also home to two thirds of the world's poor.  Development cooperation therefore remains high on the EU's agenda with Asia, and more than five billion euros have been allocated to Asia by the EU for the period 2007-2013 . Policies are being put in place jointly to address common challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development, security and stability, governance and human rights, as well as the prevention of, and response to natural and human disasters.

The EU is stepping up its support to regional integration through the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and intensifying cooperation with the Association of South-East Asia Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

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2012 - The EU in Asia pdf - 295 KB [295 KB] (updated 26.02.2013)


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    Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of veteran Chinese journalist GAO Yu Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of veteran Chinese journalist GAO Yu <p><span>A sentence of seven years imprisonment has been handed down to veteran journalist GAO Yu today, despite the serious doubts that have been raised about the legal procedure. The sentence highlights the situation faced by a number of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, including journalists and bloggers, who have been prosecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.</span></p> 04/17/2015 21:23:50 04/17/2015 21:23:50 04/17/2015 21:23:50 04/05/2016 21:23:50 2015041721 090126248f1c4dd3 N 090126248f1c4dd3 /statements-eeas/2015/150417_02_en.htm 3429 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150417_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150417_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150417_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of veteran Chinese journalist GAO Yu
  • 16/04/2015
    Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Global Conference on CyberSpace Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Global Conference on CyberSpace 04/16/2015 15:12:22 04/16/2015 15:12:22 04/16/2015 15:12:22 04/04/2016 15:12:22 2015041615 090126248f18e777 N 090126248f18e777 /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_en.htm 7419 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150416_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Global Conference on CyberSpace
  • 09/04/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the imminent execution of Mr Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in Bangladesh Statement by the Spokesperson on the imminent execution of Mr Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in Bangladesh <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">After the confirmation by the Bangladeshi Supreme Court of the death sentence in the case of Mr. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, the European Union reiterates its opposition to the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances. </span></p> 04/09/2015 10:13:41 04/09/2015 10:13:41 04/09/2015 10:13:41 04/09/2015 10:13:41 2015040910 090126248f053f12 N 090126248f053f12 /statements-eeas/2015/150409_01_en.htm 4035 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150409_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150409_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150409_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150409_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the imminent execution of Mr Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in Bangladesh
  • 09/04/2015
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  • 02/04/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on developments in Thailand Statement by the Spokesperson on developments in Thailand <p>The EU has repeatedly called for martial law to be lifted and the democratic process to be restored in Thailand. The replacement of martial law by Order Number 3/2015 does not bring Thailand closer to democratic and accountable government.</p> 04/02/2015 16:40:14 04/02/2015 16:40:14 04/02/2015 16:40:14 04/02/2015 16:40:14 2015040216 090126248ef474c2 N 090126248ef474c2 /statements-eeas/2015/150402_01_en.htm 3698 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150402_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150402_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150402_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150402_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
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