Tue. Nov 30th, 2021
On Thursday, MEPs will exchange views with Nobuo Kishi on closer cooperation in security and defence, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

The debate in the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will focus on the progress made in the implementation of the EU-Japan Strategic partnership Agreement. With Minister Kishi, MEPs will also discuss how to further enhance cooperation with Japan, one of the EU’s main strategic regional partners, in the framework of the recently adopted EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

The meeting is organised in association with the Delegation for relations with Japan.

When: Thursday, 17 June, from 10.00 to 12.00 CET.

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli 3E-2, and remotely.

Check the full agenda and speakers’ list. You can follow the discussion live

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Background

The EU is the largest foreign investor, as well as the largest provider of development assistance, and one of the largest traders in the Indo-Pacific region. In recent years, geopolitical competition has intensified in the Indo-Pacific, mainly due to China’s increasingly assertive behaviour. The lack of a regional security mechanism has increased the pressure on security and stability in the region and beyond.