Asia and the Pacific
Asia has been transformed over the last decade into the most dynamic centre of global power. It is a region that encompasses 54 percent of the world's population and that produces one third of our planet's wealth. By 2050, this continent will account for half of global production. Asia is also a place of innovation and its major economies are being transformed to specialise in production and services with increasingly more added value. At present it accounts for 42 percent of the world's Innovation Spend and is responsible for 40 percent of the world's scientific production

Spain's commitment to the region, through increasing involvement in dynamic economic, scientific and social policies with a focus on Asia, makes in necessary to strengthen our presence in the region and for our country to have access to instruments of analysis and action adapted to the new realities of Asia and the Pacific that allow us to strengthen results in all spheres.

With this objective, in January 2018, A Strategic Vision for Spain in Asia 2018-202 was approved, which analyses the recent evolution of Asia and Spain and the challenges and opportunities of the coming years. A series of recommendations were given to the public administrations to update our foreign policy for the region.

 

  • The Philippines and Southeast Asia
    In recent years, bilateral relations have increased, both from a quantitative and qualitative perspective, and the political agenda with Southeast Asia countries has been intensified. The 2015 External Action Strategy set three priority countries of Spain's external policy in Southeast Asia: The Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Central Asia
    Prior to their independence, the countries comprising the region of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) formed part of the USSR, a founding state of the CSCE. After the end of the Soviet Union, they succeeded it as Member States of the current OSCE and, therefore, despite their geographic location, receive special treatment from a European perspective, different from the rest of the Asian continent
  • 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 plays a key role in the "Asian century"; the region has the largest economically active population in the world. At present, it is attempting to improve quality of life through accelerated economic growth, foreign trade, social progress and cultural development.

    Spain has included South Asia within the parameters of foreign policy with increasingly closer and more active ties. The main regional intergovernmental organization is the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) established in December 1985 and comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • East Asia
    East Asia has positioned itself as one of the most influential geopolitical areas. It has an essential role to play in the future of commercial and security relations. Spain has made relations with East Asia one of its foreign policy priorities. That has translated into rapprochement with countries like China. Japan and South Korea: political contact is customary, economic relations have multiplied and civil society links 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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