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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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EU and ASEAN: Towards a Strategic Partnership for Peace Stability and Prosperity This year's EU-ASEAN foreign ministers marked the 20th anniversary of ministerial meetings. It was a special occasion as ministers agreed to upgrade the relationship to a strategic partnership. This is testament to the growing depth of their cooperation and demonstrates the increasing importance the EU attaches to relations with partners in Asia. /top_stories/images/20140723_eu-aseanflags.jpg © EU 0801262480d8585e 0801262480e4e8c1 0801262480e4e8ce 0801262480d75e82 0801262480e4578f 0801262480e4fd75 0801262480d27595 0801262480e4fe81 0801262480e4fddc 0801262480e4fe07 0801262480e4fe14 0801262480e4fe25 0801262480e4fe2e 0801262480e4fe4e 0801262480e4fe6b 08012624808f0b72 0801262480e4fe7e 0801262480e4fe8e 0801262480e4fec2 0801262480e4fede 0801262480af9d8c 080126248a18cf86 08012624869864f0 23/07/2014 /top_stories/2014/230714_eu_asean_en.htm EU-ASEAN foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in Brussels Daily headlines in South East Asia speak about the region's impressive economic achievements. More and more they also focus on security tensions, including those in the South China Sea. The EU supports ASEAN in the twin challenge of integrating the region's economies and addressing growing security threats. That’s why on 23 July Foreign Ministers from 28 EU and 10 ASEAN Member States will gather in Brussels to discuss how the EU-ASEAN partnership can best deliver shared security and sustainable prosperity for their peoples. /top_stories/images/180714_eu-asean.jpg © EU 0801262480d8585e 0801262480e4e8c1 0801262480e4e8ce 0801262480d75e82 0801262480e4578f 0801262480e4fd75 0801262480d27595 0801262480e4fe81 0801262480e4fddc 0801262480e4fe07 0801262480e4fe14 0801262480e4fe25 0801262480e4fe2e 0801262480e4fe4e 0801262480e4fe6b 08012624808f0b72 0801262480e4fe7e 0801262480e4fe8e 0801262480e4fec2 0801262480e4fede 0801262480af9d8c 080126248a18cf86 08012624869864f0 18/07/2014 /top_stories/2014/180714_eu-asean_en.htm High Representative Ashton addresses Annual meeting of EU Heads of Delegations EU High Representative Ashton gave a keynote address to EU Heads of Delegation and Heads of Mission who came together in Brussels for their annual conference from 1-5 September. /top_stories/images/090914_hods.jpg © EU 080126248476a6b4 0801262480ceedce 0801262480ceed74 08012624843e9c43 0801262483e2b1a8 0801262480de254d 0801262480f1262b 0801262484c7136b 0801262480ac9dd8 0801262480e4fd57 080126248ba94df7 0801262480b224e1 0801262480ceed19 0801262480c1b66f 0801262480ac9de0 0801262480c58cba 0801262481153961 0801262484c71374 0801262480af9dab 08012624869864f0 09/09/2014 /top_stories/2014/090914_hod_en.htm EU and Chinese leaders pledge to deepen partnership President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China visited the European Union in Brussels from 31st March to 1st April 2014 at the invitation of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. This historic first visit by the Chinese President to the European Union marked a significant strengthening of bilateral ties over the last 40 years and underlined the leaders determination to strengthen the global dimension of their cooperation. /top_stories/images/3presidents_china_web.jpg EU leaders José Manuel Barroso (l) and Herman Van Rompuy (r) welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping to EU headquarters, Brussels, 31 March 2014. 0801262480d75e82 08012624869864f0 01/04/2014 /top_stories/2014/010414_eu_china_en.htm