Asia and the Pacific
The rise of Asia is a phenomenon of historic proportions, which is defining our era in a decisive way. To the extent that the world's most populous continent is becoming more industrialized, gaining greater economic weight, and advancing on the path of modernization, a new period has opened up, one in which Asian countries are participating, together with European and North American countries, in designing global rules.

​In this era of globalization, Spain's political, economic, security and cultural interests are also in play in Asia. The central position of Asia-Pacific in the near future requires developing an active Spanish strategy, whose main goal is to raise our profile in the area. 

  • The Philippines and South-East Asia
    Over recent years, bilateral relations have increased both quantitatively and qualitatively and the political agenda has been stepped up with countries in South-East Asia. The Foreign Action Strategy establishes three priority countries for Spain’s foreign policy in South-East Asia: the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • Central Asia
    The countries that make up the region of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) formed part of the former Soviet Union, the founding State of the CSCE, up until their independence. After its disappearance, they then became Member States of the current OSCE, and hence, despite their geographic location, are treated differently from the rest of the Asian continent from a European point of view.
  • Regional Architecture

    The proliferation of activities aimed at fostering free trade agreements is leading towards the integration of nations in the Asia-Pacific, a region that generates 53% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

  • South Asia

    South Asia is called on to play an important role in world history as it assumes its role in the ‘Asian Century’. The region has the largest economically active population in the world. At present, it is trying to improve its standard of living through fast economic growth, foreign trade, social progress and cultural development.

  • East Asia

    ​East Asia has positioned itself as one of the most influential geo-political areas in the world. Its future role in trade relations and global security is essential. Spain has made relations with East Asia one of the main pillars of its foreign policy. This has translated into closer relations with such countries as China, Japan and South Korea: political contact is ongoing, trade relations have multiplied and ties between civil societies are growing.

  • The Pacific

    ​Spanish seafarers were the first Europeans to cross the Pacific in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Some of the current States of Micronesia, such as the Marshall Islands and Palau, formed part of the Spanish Crown. After a long period of absence, Spain has returned to the region and is once again looking towards the South Pacific, maintaining diplomatic relations with all the States in the region.

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