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What can Europe learn from Asia’s economic success? Has the European economic crisis weakened the EU’s position in the eyes of Asian powers? And should the EU push harder to ensure that economic development around the world is tied to greater respect for human rights?

On 16-17 October 2014, the 10th Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit will take place in Milan, Italy, bringing together Asian and European countries to discuss ways to deepen relations between the two regions at all levels. But does an interregional forum like the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) – with its  51 Asian and European partners – provide the right platform to discuss issues like human rights and non-traditional security issues (counter-piracy, climate change and energy security)?

On Tuesday 8th July our partner think-tank, Friends of Europe, held the flagship conference of their Asia Programme, bringing together a unique mix of high-level speakers from Europe and Asia for an in-depth discussion on why ASEM really matters today – and why it will matter even more in future. 

The full video recording of the conference is available below:


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  1. Olivier Laurent

    The future of Europe is its inhabitants not its administrations. Too many administrations, red tapes, rules, laws, parliamant, politicians, summit, conferences, etc. Stop this madness, it looks like you try to create a parallel universe.

  2. Jaume Roqueta

    we can learn that having a totalitarist state and comunist, like china is the best way to promote our economy. I suggest to install a military government in order all the people work hard. Neocon and comunist will join for a new era where Bankers and Militars work together in order to mantain” peace” at the world and very “motivated” workers.

  3. Joe DaSilva

    I don’t know what the future of Europe is, but from where I am, it doesn’t look very promising.

  4. Ignacio C. Furfaro

    What can #Europe learn from #Asia’s economic success? Well that’s easy: that miserably low salaries and a complete disregard for human rights reduce labour costs incredibly, generating the best conditions for enterprises to settle.

  5. Sara Esposito

    China have to learn many thinks from Europe!! Its population hadn’t yet learned illuminism principles for wich each person has the same rights of others. They have the imagine of a rise economy but not the conseguences of that. The only think that the Europe must learn is to impose the right human condition to Asia if they want to sell in our States.

    • Tarquin Farquhar

      @Sara Esposito
      Perhaps Europe could learn ‘somethink’ from China too.

      YOU need to remember that for many, many, many centuries China was THE most powerful nation on the planet with a history far, far greater than little ol’ Europe’s.

  6. João De Lalanda Frazão

    From what I know, Europe would gain a lot by importing an EU suited Flying Geese economic model from the East Asian region. And by promoting the implementation of future oriented industries, something that remains quite below from what should have been done.

  7. Ignacio C. Furfaro

    What can #Europe learn from #Asia’s economic success? Well that’s easy: that miserably low salaries and a complete disregard for human rights reduce labour costs incredibly, generating the best conditions for enterprises to settle.

  8. Sara Esposito

    China have to learn many thinks from Europe!! Its population hadn’t yet learned illuminism principles for wich each person has the same rights of others. They have the imagine of a rise economy but not the conseguences of that. The only think that the Europe must learn is to impose the right human condition to Asia if they want to sell in our States.

  9. João De Lalanda Frazão

    From what I know, Europe would gain a lot by importing an EU suited Flying Geese economic model from the East Asian region. And by promoting the implementation of future oriented industries, something that remains quite below from what should have been done.

  10. ironworker

    Europe should wear best dress, shoes and perfume at the summit. it’s all about seduction and money after all.

  11. Pedro Redondeiro

    Well ohopefully the EU organises itself to have a stronger voice not only in Asia, but also in the World. And prevent to have the same non-active role or a too late role, like it happened in ukraine. ;)

  12. Pedro Redondeiro

    The EU can be the counter balance between the west and east. The EU is like the Wetern China, int he sense that it is the most powerful ally the US as, as China is the most powerful ally Russia, although in both cases Cinha and the EU, can have its own voice whilst maintining a proximity relationship with their partners repectively.

  13. Stefania Portici

    ci e’ stato venduta questa UE che se non l’avessimo fatta la Cina ci avrebbe mangiati. Un problema che non esisteva prima ma esiste oggi con la UE

  14. catherine benning

    Well, as the dollar is on the way out, Asia has to play a bigger role in European economy.

    This is a must listen to for those Europeans who want to know what is really going on underground. This Keiser link is riveting. Something I have felt was the way t go for seven years. LOL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVfZIM3mY6g#t=34

  15. Asem UN

    First the EU must balance “other” interferences which keep embracing and interfering in the development and sovereignty of the continent! Some updates going on in Germany right now!

  16. S.K

    If Russia and China are looked at as rivals rather than partners then Relations will not be good, they may be cordial and respectful on the surface but a rival is always considered a danger & this will go both ways.

  17. Alex

    Intense I hope.The more influence from the social east,the less ne-libeal influence from the west

  18. Anil Kumar Upadhyaya

    Asia-europe relations should not be only based on economic cooperation.Asian countries giving good markets for European countries.Asian emerging markets like China/Japan/India always help EU countries to develop their business here.On the other hand,EU also giving much social cooperation also for Asian countries.

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