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Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in the Age of Connectivity




The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was launched in 1996 with an inaugural summit in Bangkok. Since then, the Summits have been held biennially, alternating between Asia and Europe. The 11th ASEM Summit which coincides with the 20th anniversary of ASEM will be hosted by Mongolia on 15-16 July 2016.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of ASEM, the European Union Centre in Singapore with the support of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared this booklet on “Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in the Age of Connectivity”.

This booklet gives an analytical account of ASEM’s history and background, assesses ASEM’s developments and achievements since the inaugural summit, and provides some thoughts on the future of ASEM. With political commitment and imagination, ASEM can become a platform to generate new ideas for cooperation and strengthen Asia-Europe connectivity and partnership for a better world.