On 2-3 June, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Jean-Christophe Belliard, will participate in the 17th International Institute of Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit in Singapore, commonly referred to as the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Human rights are at the heart of the European Union's external action and the EU reaffirms its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights. On 28 May 2018, the Council adopted the EU's annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017.
The EU will strengthen cooperation on security in Asia and with Asian partners, in view of the importance of the region to global stability and security and thus to European interests. Priority areas are maritime security, cyber security, counter terrorism, CSDP and peacekeeping operations, hybrid threats, conflict prevention and the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Pilot cooperation projects will be developed with key partners to concretely advance shared interests in these areas.
Europe and Asia have never been so close. Our economies are interconnected; our cultures are interconnected; and our security is connected: we face the same challenges, we confront similar threats, and we share an interest in preserving peace in our regions and international cooperation on a global scale.
The European Union's relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) date back to 1972, recognising a shared commitment to regional integration as a means of fostering regional stability, building prosperity and addressing global issues. Since then, both sides have increased their dialogue and cooperation, and have pursued closer coordination on regional and international issues. Official "Dialogue Relations" - which is the definition ASEAN gives to its privileged partnerships with 10 partners, including the EU - between the EU and ASEAN were established in 1977; the 40th anniversary of these relations was celebrated in 2017.