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EPPA's Emerging Role in Asia

The European Perimeter Protection Association much to the surprise of many of the government bodies and academic officials who regularly follow the publication is not restricted in a geographical sense to only Europe. The EPPA not only encompasses all of western and eastern Europe but also parts of the Mediterranean, North Africa, Central Asia and the U.K.

Recently with the growing regional and global influence of major Asia-Pacific players, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea and China, the EPPA member council has reviewed the original organizational charter to allow for amendments that would grant more participatory influence in East Asia.

There are many reasons why the EPPA should not be only confined to E.U and E.U participatory states, including economic, political and strategic. For example, with the ever increasing demand for open and safe shipping lanes between the worlds leading manufacturer (China) and the buyers of their goods, the EPPA can play a pivotal role in maintaining and expanding the worlds major shipping lanes.

In an ever increasingly globalized world it is critical both militarily and politically to maintain open channels between the East and West so that both regions maintain unhindered free flow of people and goods to maintain peaceful relations and healthy local economies. Shipping between China and the United States is just one of the key relationships the the EPPA and partner members can help maintain in decades to come through comprehensive and multi-lateral negotiation, mediation and policy development.

With the increasingly globalized and connected world and the massive influx of new global players on the worlds economic stage the time for a open and transparent European regulatory and mediatory body is higher than ever before.

Recently the European Commission published a press release briefing on trade policy specific to growing regional players, particularly that of China, and how they fit into the grand framework of not just the European Union but also the World Trade Organization:

The European Union and China are two of the biggest traders in the world. China is now the EU's second-biggest trading partner behind the United States and the EU is China's biggest trading partner.

The EU is committed to open trading relations with China. However, the EU wants to ensure that China trades fairly, respects intellectual property rights and meets its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

With the participation of the European Commission in binding the great economic powers of China, the E.U, the U.K and the United States, the EPPA will inevitably have a larger role in working with individual state actors to hammer out and ratify economic, political and strategic relationships well into the foreseeable future.

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