As ASEAN and the European Union are facing a changed strategic environment, ASEANFocus had invited prominent experts such as our Senior Research Fellow, Maaike Okano-Heijmans and diplomats from both regions at the SIIA-Clingendael Dialogue to discuss how the bi-regional relations could overcome existing constraints to join forces in dealing with the new challenges.
Okano-Heijmans discusses the launch of the ASEAN-EU strategic partnership which has been on hold to the palm oil issue.
"At a time when the regional and global challenges facing ASEAN and the EU are big and stakes so high, it is disconcerting that a single issue has hampered this important step to deeper region-to-region cooperation."
And she discusses what ASEAN can learn from the EU in responding to the opportunities and challenges presented by China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
"Europe is creating new structures to better deal with China's Communist Party-driven state capitalism, e.g. the establishment of a ministerial committee for economy and security in the Netherlands.
Read all about political-security cooperation, prospects of a Free Trade Agreement and new areas of cooperation in ASEANFocus issue 3, 2019 (page 12-19).