BERLIN: Asia news today. Firstly, the European Union and the ASEAN group of countries in Southeast Asia have agreed to upgrade their ties to a strategic partnership, Germany’s new EU president said on Tuesday.
In addition, “We will advocate safe and open trade routes and free and fair trade as close economic partners,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after a virtual meeting with his EU counterparts and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
Together, we serve over a billion people and nearly 25% of the world’s economic strength. Moreover, together in this country, we have a powerful voice’. Said Maas, who gave no clear information as to what the strategic partnership will include.
For example, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Asean Classes.
The EU consists of 27 member states.
Furthermore, two weeks ago, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand joined the 10 Asean nations to form the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the largest free trade bloc in the world, accounting for almost a third of the world’s population and about 30 percent of global GDP.
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