Asia-Pacific

Europe in the face of a new privileged strategic scenario: the Indo-Pacific region

Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 15/2018 - 20/2/2018.

European diplomacy must support regional initiatives that are inclusive, favour cooperation and are governed by international norms and standards. The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy could be an excellent platform for such a purpose as long as it is not implemented merely as an instrument to contain China


Chinese investment in Spain: open for business, but not at any price

Mario Esteban and Miguel Otero-Iglesias. ARI 14/2018 - 6/2/2018.

Reluctance to Chinese investments in Spain may grow if the its volume increases significantly and begins to penetrate more “strategic” or high-tech sectors.


Europe-Japan cooperation for a rules-based international liberal order

Mario Esteban & Luis Simon. ARI 10/2018 - 25/1/2018.

Despite its shortcomings, the international liberal order is worth saving. Therefore, international actors committed to that system, such as the EU and Japan, should cooperate in its revitalisation.


The foreign policy of Xi Jinping after the 19th Congress: China strives for a central role on the world stage

Mario Esteban. ARI 87/2017 (English version) - 7/11/2017.

At the recent 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping expounded upon the central features of Chinese foreign policy to be followed over the next five years.


Japan’s rosy short-term outlook masks the failure of Abenomics

Alicia Garcia Herrero & Kohei Iwahara. ARI 84/2017 - 2/11/2017.

Shinzō Abe won a majority in the elections to the Lower House of parliament held on 22 October, supported by a cyclical economic uptrend. However, without meaningful structural reforms to lift productivity, Japan’s long-term outlook remains gloomy.


The 8% leap in the Philippines: rebalancing partnerships and leading Asian growth

Ricardo G. Barcelona and Bernardo M. Villegas. ARI 65/2017 - 5/9/2017.

European infrastructure firms are conspicuous for their limited presence in the Philippines. A lukewarm diplomatic context hinders their access to opportunities that play to their strengths. How could they reframe their strategic approach?


Windows of opportunity in the Korean Peninsula

Félix Arteaga and Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 35/2017 - 26/5/2017.

The most realistic option to face the DPRK nuclear crisis is to reopen a process of political dialogue. Negotiations based on a North Korean moratorium on nuclear and missile tests are the best scenario.


Spain and Asia: harnessing trade, soft power and the EU in the Asia-Pacific Century

Ramón Pacheco Pardo. ARI 61/2017 - 21/7/2017.

This analysis argues that Spain has strengthened its links and presence in the Asia-Pacific area since the launch of its first framework plan for the region in 2000, although more needs to be done to further boost relations.


How can a military conflict in the Korean Peninsula be avoided?

Félix Arteaga and Mario Esteban. ARI 52/2017 (English version) - 20/6/2017.

This analysis warns of the growing risk of armed conflict in the Korean Peninsula and sets out some options for avoiding it and proceeding towards an agreement that would enable the precarious stability of the region to be underpinned.


The Trump effect on EU-China relations

Mario Esteban. ARI 49/2017 (English version) - 7/6/2017.

Trump's term in office throws up opportunities for the strengthening of relations between the EU and China, especially if Europe decides to intensify its Common Security and Defence Policy and Beijing decides to take its process of economic reforms further.