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The emergence of Asia is of global significance. Getting EU relations right with this diverse and dynamic region is one of the major challenges facing Europe.
The European Union and Japan leaders met today in Tokyo to reinforce their strategic partnership and sign two landmark agreements: the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which creates an open trade zone covering over 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP.
EU and Chinese leaders meet today in Beijing to underline and reinforce their strategic partnership and commitment to the rules-based global order, including as regards trade, combatting climate change and nuclear non-proliferation. They also discuss an investment protection agreement currently under negotiation. Together, the EU and China make up a third of global GDP.
On 12 July, Ambassador Rensje Teerink attended the official launch of the Platforms for Dialogue (P4D) project alongside Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam and other Government of Bangladesh officials, international development partners, civil society and media representatives.
At this year's EU-China Summit, the EU and China will discuss increased cooperation, security and defence, climate, energy, and connectivity. They also discuss more difficult issues such as steel overcapacity and human rights.
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