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Can the 21st Century be the Asian Century?
OPINION: Why Asia-Europe Relations Matter in the 21st Century | Inter Press Service
Here in Singapore, we have the largest congressional delegation ever to attend the Shangri-la Dialogue. As a Pacific nation, the United States recognizes that much of the history of the 21 st century will be written here in this region. Tremendous opportunities lie ahead. And I am confident we can seize these opportunities together if we stay true to the principles that brought us to this fortunate moment in the history of Asia. Seventy years ago, out of the ashes of world war, America and our allies and partners built a rules-based international order—one based on the principles of good governance and the rule of law, free peoples and free markets, open seas and open skies, and the conviction that wars of aggression should be relegated to the bloody past. Put simply: These ideas have changed the fortunes of Asia forever. An unprecedented era of peace and security has enabled hundreds of millions of Asians to lift themselves out of poverty and transform the economies of the region.
The Choice for Asia in the 21st Century
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China is the largest consumer, producer and net importer of energy in the world. In comparison, the European Union EU constituted at the same time Policymakers place energy issues among top concerns. The key challenge is to meet energy demands and aim — in a long term perspective — at a low emission energy system. Global energy security — next to climate change adaption and mitigation — is one of the core priorities; hence implementation of a roadmap for EU-China energy cooperation is important in order to reinforce exchanges in the fields of energy legislation, policy and formulation of standards.