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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  • 23/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day <p>The recent arrest and detention of women’s rights activists in China on the grounds that they wanted to launch a campaign against sexual harassment on International Women's Day violates their right to demonstrate peacefully. We urge the Chinese authorities to release them immediately. </p> 03/23/2015 13:27:04 03/23/2015 13:27:04 03/23/2015 13:27:04 03/11/2016 13:27:04 2015032313 090126248ed6e471 N 090126248ed6e471 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_en.htm 4118 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150323_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day
  • 17/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Nurul Izzah, opposition Member of Parliament in Malaysia Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Nurul Izzah, opposition Member of Parliament in Malaysia <p>We have been following closely developments leading to the overnight detention and investigation of MP Nurul Izzah. Freedom of expression, as well as independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, are essential features of a democratic system and need to be upheld. Trust in the administration of justice is a key element of a democratic society.</p> <p> </p> 03/17/2015 22:09:16 03/17/2015 22:09:16 03/17/2015 22:09:16 03/05/2016 22:09:16 2015031722 090126248ec55f2b N 090126248ec55f2b /statements-eeas/2015/150317_03_en.htm 3752 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150317_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150317_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150317_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150317_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Nurul Izzah, opposition Member of Parliament in Malaysia
  • 17/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty and recent executions in Pakistan Statement by the Spokesperson on the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty and recent executions in Pakistan <p>At least 39 people have been executed in Pakistan since December 2014, when the government lifted a moratorium on executions in place since 2008. This includes 12 convicts this morning. Contrary to the Government of Pakistan's stated policy that only clearly identified terrorists would be executed, convicts not sentenced on terrorist charges are now being executed.</p> 03/17/2015 20:39:08 03/17/2015 20:39:08 03/17/2015 20:39:08 03/05/2016 20:39:08 2015031720 090126248ec91f92 N 090126248ec91f92 /statements-eeas/2015/150317_02_en.htm 4704 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150317_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150317_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150317_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty and recent executions in Pakistan
  • 14/03/2015
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam <p>In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.</p> 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/02/2016 15:05:27 2015031415 090126248ebcb9cf N 090126248ebcb9cf /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 5802 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam
  • 14/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed <p>The conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed for charges under anti-terrorist legislation raises very serious questions about due process of law and risks undermining people's trust in the independence of the judiciary.</p> 03/14/2015 10:12:21 03/14/2015 10:12:21 03/14/2015 10:12:21 03/02/2016 10:12:21 2015031410 090126248ebcb969 N 090126248ebcb969 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_en.htm 4042 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the conviction of former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed

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