Asia-Pacific

EU-China: strategic partnership in the making

The EU and China established a strategic partnership a decade ago. Both entered the partnership with over-expectations of being able to align their interests on many conflicting issues such as international intervention, human rights, market access, and weapons transfers. Those misperceptions fostered disappointment on both sides. One of the [...]

Japan: facing challenges

The past three years have been a time of changes for Japan. On the one hand, changes have been brought about by natural causes: the consequences of the fierce tsunami that struck the islands forced the administration to change its energy policy, which was largely based on nuclear power; [...]

Australia: so far and yet so near

While geographically far apart, Spain and Australia have a steadily growing relationship. The core of their expanding bilateral engagement is defence cooperation, as explained at a recent working breakfast at the Elcano Royal Institute by Jane Marie Hardy, Australian Ambassador to Spain. Furthermore, both countries are like-minded on most [...]

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