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The 8th ASEM Summit in Brussels

On the 4th and 5th of October, Brussels will host the 8th ASEM summit, involving 45 countries from Asia and Europe. The 16 Asian nations attending and representatives of the 27 EU countries will be admitting Russia, Australia and New Zealand as full members of ASEM. The summit’s theme this year is “Quality of Life”,… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Ninoy Aquino Visits the US

This summer, Benigno Aquino III won the presidency of the Philippines in a landslide election which ended the corrupt term in power of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Corruption, according to the new president, eats up to a fifth of the Philippines’ GDP, in a country of widespread poverty (a third of Filipinos live below the poverty line),… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Confronted with the waning of US influence in world affairs, American foreign policy experts and military strategists are currently fanning the flame of conflict between China and ASEAN nations on the one hand, and between China, Japan and Taiwan on the other. Such diplomatic moves have prompted an angry official reaction from Beijing yesterday. China’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The 15th ASEAN summit kicked off in Thailand yesterday amid heavy security. For those in the know, the April summit could not be held because of heavy anti-government protests. The ten ASEAN countries have decided to establish a human rights watchdog, considered by observers as weak and ineffective, as it lacks powers to punish offenders… » read more

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The second trilateral summit between China, South Korea and Japan ended this Saturday in Beijing with a commitment by prime minister Wen Jiabao, Japanese premier Hatoyama and South Korean president Lee to further strengthen ties between the three countries and to push together for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. During the summit premier Hatoyama… » read more

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North Korea has recently announced that the country’s recovering leader Kim Jong-Il, is willing to come back to the negotiating table, provided the six-party talks (Russia, China, USA, Japan, North and South Korea) are complemented by direct talks between North Korea and the US. So, what determined Kim Jong-Il to soften his stance ? The… » read more

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Asian Union Plans Attract Japan

The plans for creating an Asian economic community grouping China, ASEAN and Japan have received an important boost recently. During his informal meeting in New York with Chinese president Hu Jintao, the new Japanese premier Mr. Hatoyama has proposed the creation of an East-Asian community which would emulate the model of the European Union. Closer… » read more

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The Phnom Penh Agenda

Overshadowed by increased military tension in the Korean peninsula, the 17th EU-ASEAN Summit held in Phnom Penh last week has nevertheless achieved a few notable successes. Before the start of the meeting, Ms Benita Ferrero-Waldner had expressed the view that : “the EU and ASEAN are two successful examples of regional integration in the world”… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The current economic tsunami has accelerated integration moves between ASEAN countries, China and other regional powerhouses. The planned launch of Asia’s and the world’s largest trade bloc has prompted me to ask Professor Bruce McKern, a renowned International Management expert, for an interview concerning its prospects in emulating the European Union’s economic integration experience. Professor… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi