ULAN BATOR, July 16, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, European Council President Donald Tusk, Mongolia's President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw (from L to R) attend a press conference during the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator on July 16, 2016. The 11th ASEM Summit concluded Saturday in the Mongolian capital with a chair's statement and an Ulan Bator Declaration that emphasizes the need to promote connectivity. (Xinhua/Sadat)
ULAN BATOR, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit concluded Saturday in the Mongolian capital with a chair's statement and an Ulan Bator Declaration that emphasizes the need to promote connectivity.
"Enhancing connectivity across diverse domains is an important and commonly shared objective," according to the declaration issued after a two-day event under the theme of "20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity."
The summit, gathering heads of state and government or high-level representatives of 51 European and Asian countries as well as leaders of international organizations, set course for enhancement of the inter-regional process in the next decade while celebrating its 20th anniversary.
"Connectivity will be mainstreamed into all ASEM cooperation frameworks. Given the growing interdependence between the two regions, Asia and Europe cannot be treated separately in any area of ASEM activities," the declaration said.
Representatives also exchanged views on the current regional and global political and socio-economic situation, and discussed ways to address the existing and emerging challenges to peace, security, stability and sustainable development.
"As shifting geopolitics lead to greater uncertainties and volatility in the world, ASEM will reinforce its role as a catalyst for effective multilateralism and a rules-based international order," it said.
ASEM is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation aimed to foster political dialogue, reinforce economic cooperation and promote collaboration in other areas of common interest.
The next ASEM summit will be held in Brussels, Belgium, chaired by the European Union, in 2018.
BRUSSELS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- China was the leading destination for European Union (EU) exports and leading source of EU imports in 2015 among the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partners, accounting for a third of EU exports to ASEM partners, according to data issued on Thursday by Eurostat.
The statistics agency said the figure of EU exports to China stood at 170.4 billion euros (189.3 billion U.S. dollars), accounting for 33 percent of EU exports to all ASEM partners. Full story
SINGAPORE, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The Asia- Europe Meeting (ASEM), which was firstly held in 1996, has become an important platform for interaction between Asia and Europe at a range of different levels of engagement, said Alvin Lim, a research fellow with International Public Policy Pte. Ltd.(IPP) in Singapore.
Mongolia will host the 11th ASEM summit from July 15 to 16 in the capital Ulan Bator, during which representatives of ASEM member countries will also celebrate ASEM's 20th anniversary. Full story
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Brussels, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Shada Islam, director of policy at the Brussels-based think-tank Friends of Europe, said that the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) has performed well in terms of bringing together the two continents.
"The revitalization of this important forum is to a large extent a consequence of the fact that China is very much engaged into it," said Islam in a recent interview with Xinhua. Full story