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Germany, Europe and Asia: Shaping the 21st century together

  • Peter Schoof

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Close friends : German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) welcomes Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as he arrives to attend the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Leaders of the world’s top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. (AFP/Odd Andersen )

In the past few years, the importance of the Indo-Pacific region in both economic and political terms has increased markedly. With its Policy Guidelines for the Indo-Pacific, the German government is setting out the course of its future policy on the countries of the region. More than half the world’s population lives in countries around the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. The region now accounts for almost half of global GDP and is gaining in economic and political importance. In recent decades, countries like Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam have seen rapid economic growth: At the same time, the strategic competition in the region is increasing. The Indo-Pacific is becoming key to shaping the international order in the 21st century. ASEAN lies at the very center of the region. Its relations to both Germany and the EU are growing ever closer. Hopefully, we will be able to f...