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European and Australian connectivity strategies for the Indo-Pacific

Anne-Eléonore Deleersnyder, Intern (KAS-MDPD Brussels)

As the European Union moves forward in launching concrete connectivity initiatives with Asian partners, and looks to develop an Indo-Pacific strategy of its own, it is timely to explore the synergies and potential areas of cooperation with Australia to protect and promote both actors' interests.

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📅 In 2016, the European Union’s (EU) Global Strategy recognised the economic, political, and security implications of connectivity, and emphasised the need for greater engagement with Asia in this regard. Two years later, the European Commission unveiled a EU-Asia connectivity strategy, which was seen by many as the EU’s institutional response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.


📌 The EU has moved forward in launching concrete connectivity initiatives with Asian countries, most notably establishing a formal partnership with Japan and furthering negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in this regard. It is therefore timely to consider other countries’ approach to the topic so as to identify areas of cooperation and complementarity.


👉 This policy brief outlines the way in which the EU and Australia conceptualise and translate connectivity into practice, explores the differences and synergies between their strategies, and places the debate into the broader context of the upcoming European Indo-Pacific strategy.



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