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Rethinking the European Strategy for Asia

April 15, 2014 - 13:00-15:00

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the European Council on Foreign Relations have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar:
After Xi Jinping’s first Presidential tour of Europe, it is an opportune moment to consider the
requirements for a common European strategy for Asia and explore its wider implications.
At present, the European approach to the Asian continent is out of step with the actions
and interests of each Asian nation. Asian countries are not collectively interested in the
multilateral security institutions and international arbitration which the EU is offering. How can
the EU reward greater security compromise in Asia and take a more central security role? On the
other hand, the EU’s economic strategy towards China as well as the wider region focuses on
bilateral trade. What would be the advantages of a Europe-Asia-Partnership (EAP) to match the
US-backed Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP)?
Angela Stanzel, Policy Fellow with the China & Asia Programme at the European Council on
Foreign Relations, will present the findings of ECFR’s policy brief Divided Asia: The Implications
for Europe. She will be joined by Thomas König, China & Asia Programme Coordinator and core
contributor to the research. Stanzel and König will offer deeper insights into the internal politics
and security challenges facing Asia, and will discuss how the EU should engage with the region
in the coming decade.
We kindly ask you to confirm your participation in the seminar at the very latest on Friday 11 April by filling in the registration form here 
Venue: Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Kruunuvuorenkatu 4, 2nd floor, Helsinki
For further information please do not hesitate to contact:
Ms Marie-Louise Hindsberg, tel. +358 9 432 7712, marie-louise.hindsberg@fiia.fi
Rethinking the European Strategy for Asia


April 15, 2014