Discussion on Transatlantic Cooperation on Asia Policy
GMF hosted Daniel Russel, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, managing-director of the Asia Pacific department in the European External Action Service, on January 14 for a discussion on transatlantic cooperation on Asia policy. The event was moderated by Andrew Small, transatlantic fellow at GMF and was attended by European government officials, media, the business community, think tankers, and academics.
The U.S. rebalance to Asia has been informed by a desire in Washington to ensure necessary attention to a region that has become economically and strategically central to global stability, not by a desire to turn away from Europe. The concerns which have informed U.S. policy are those of Europe as well: a fair, rules-based global trading order and the strategic stability of one of the world’s most populous and economically important regions. Because of these shared interests, the United States and Europe have cooperated in a number of areas including on trade issues and on specific initiatives such as development in the Lower Mekong region. European and U.S. diplomats posted in the Asia-Pacific meet regularly to share information and coordinate responses.
Both sides recognize, however, that there is scope for far more cooperation than there has been so far. While the United States is a Pacific power with a strong military and diplomatic presence in the region, Europe is better positioned to serve as a model for Asia in norm-building and in building a regional infrastructure that can help preserve stability. In the coming years, U.S. and European officials working on Asia intend to meet more frequently in order to expand collaboration.
Read the transcript and watch the video from the press conference with Mr. Russel.
Read the transcript for this video.