12th ASEM Summit Held in Brussels, Belgium

Published on October 21, 2018
The 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium. The theme of summit was 'Global Partners for Global Challenges'.
12th ASEM Summit Held in Brussels, Belgium
  • It was chaired by European Council President Donald Tusk.
  • The summit was attended by heads of state of 51 European and Asian countries, representatives of European Union and Secretary General of Association Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • India was represented by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
  • This edition of summit has prioritised issues related to trade and investment, connectivity, sustainable development, climate change, terrorism, migration, maritime security and cyberspace.

About Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM):

  • ASEM is an informal political dialogue and cooperation forum that brings 53 entities- including 51 countries (including India) from Asia and Europe and two regional bodies European Union (EU) and ASEAN.
  • It represents around 62.3% of the world's population, 57.2% of the global GDP and almost 60% of the world's trade.
  • ASEM was officially established in March 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues between the two regions.
  • It also seeks to strengthen relationship between the two regions in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.
  • Three main pillars ASEM process are Political & Security, Economic & Financial and Social, Cultural & Educational.


Where was the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit held?
a. Hamburg, Germany
b. Brussels, Belgium
c.Tokyo, Japan
d. None of the above

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