Why EU is stepping up role in Indo-Pacific

Amid growing geopolitical competition, the European Union has a vital interest in the regional order remaining open and rules-based

The EU has a vital interest that the regional order in the Indo-Pacific remains open and rules-based, and wants to enhance cooperation with all regional partners who share the same goals, says the author. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The world's centre of gravity is moving to the Indo-Pacific region, in geo-economic and geopolitical terms. Recently, the decision by Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to deepen their security and defence ties (the so-called Aukus group) has certainly triggered a lot of debate on the underlying dynamics in the region and how partners can best respond.

As the European Union, we have a big stake in the future of the region and, we believe, a big contribution to make as well.

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