EU needs strategic vision on Asia’s growing role: expert

14 October 2014

Source: Xinhua (China)
Source type: News Agency
Published on: 02 Oct 2010

BRUSSELS, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The EU needs to develop a central strategic vision which looks at the different ways in which Asia's growing global role and increased self-confidence affect it, a European expert said ahead of a multilateral summit to be held next week.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), an informal platform for dialogue launched in 1996, will bring together European and Asian leaders in Brussels on Oct. 4-5 to discuss global and regional issues.

As governments struggle to boost growth and ensure recovery, Asian and EU leaders are expected to send a similarly strong message of solidarity at the 8th ASEM meeting.

"ASEM offers an opportunity to stop Asia and Europe drifting apart," Shada Islam, an expert at the Brussels-based European Policy Center, told Xinhua.

According to the expert, participants will issue a statement on improving global economic governance, achieving sustainable development, combating global warming and meeting aid targets, as well as pledges on forging closer cooperations to unsure world peace and security.

"In an age of rapid change and uncertainty prompted by shifting global power structures, ASEM participants need to move from words to action," she stressed, adding that the EU leaders can use the meeting to inject new dynamism into Asia-Europe relations.

"None of Europe's key challenges can be tackled successfully without closer engagement with Asia," Islam said.

In her opinion, Europe needs Asia to become a powerful global actor, while Asian countries need European markets, investments and technology to maintain their high growth rate and steady development.

The meeting is also an opportunity for Europe and Asia to consult on preparations for the G20 summit to be held in Seoul on Nov. 11-12, and to discuss the state of play on climate change negotiations prior to the conference in Cancun in December.

"While they may disagree on many issues, the two regions need and depend on each other," commented Islam.

-From Xinhua