ASEM needs to be more proactive in approaching global, regional problems

14 October 2014




Source: Brunei Times (Brunei Darussalam)
Source type: Newspaper
Published on: 06 Sep 2010


If China and the European Union (EU) recognise the growing strategic importance of ASEM as a vehicle to promote partnership for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe, their initiatives to re-energise ASEM would be most welcome.

Dear Editor,

THE article "Roles of Europe, China in the new world"by David Fouquet, director of the Asia Europe Project Information Service based in Brussels (The Brunei Times, Opinion, September 3, p. B10) is very topical and might be completed with some relevant references about the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

If China and the European Union (EU) recognise the growing strategic importance of ASEM as a vehicle to promote partnership for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe, their initiatives to re-energise ASEM would be most welcome.

In this respect, a crucial question has to be asked : Can the 8th ASEM Summit on 4-5 October 2010 in Brussels become a memorable event ? The summit's theme "Improving the Quality of Life: Achieving greater well-being and more dignity for all citizens" is a generous one, but the preparatory process of the summit does not seem to offer reasons for optimism. In multilateral diplomacy proper preparation is the best component of summitry. To be successful, ASEM must avoid becoming a club long on talk and short on substance. It should be more proactive and less reactive in approaching regional and global problems.China and the EU could deploy innovative diplomatic efforts to find a clear organisational identity for ASEM.Creativity is vital to give tangibility and visibility to Asem's ideals.


Credibility by visibility is an imperative condition for successful inter-regional diplomacy promoted under the auspices of ASEM in which China and the EU have a cardinal role to play.

Ioan Voicu
Bangkok

From the Brunei Times: http://www.bt.com.bn/letters-editor/2010/09/06/asem-needs-be-more-proactive-approaching-global-regional-problems