Alongside all of this economic dynamism, we also have to acknowledge that the regional order is facing growing challenges. Political and geopolitical competition continues to intensify, and we are seeing the consequences all around the world, but most sharply in the region.
We see conflicts over land and maritime borders. We see a growing lack of trust among the main players. Therefore, as the European Union, we have a vital interest that the regional order remains open and rules-based.
The EU has a large stake in the region’s future, and we believe that we can also make a significant contribution. This is recognized by our partners, who view the EU as a trusted, consistent, and reliable partner.
Our strategy is an open strategy. It is not confrontational and it calls on all the partners who wants to join us to do it. We create a level playing field across our seven priority areas and we are open to cooperate with any willing partner.
We have explicit acknowledgement and welcome of our strategy by main players in the region – Japan, India, Indonesia, it would be too long of a list to name them all. Even the U.S. openly recognized its added value and welcomed it.
Interview with Mr. Eisuke Kudo, Senior Advisor and Mr. Takeshi Mizunari, Research Fellow at Ocean Policy Research Institute
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