At 10 a.m, Wednesday, 25/05/2016
Room NZ.409, Hoa Sen University, 08 Nguyễn Văn Tráng, District 1, HCMC
Room NZ.409, Hoa Sen University, 08 Nguyễn Văn Tráng, District 1, HCMCDD/MM/YYYY g:i A
The construction of the European Union has always been a vision for peace in a continent that was not naturally bending toward it. In 1950, in a speech which has remained famous since, French Ministry of foreign Affairs Robert Schuman would propose to put in common the heavy industries – namely coal and steel - of two countries, France and Germany, who had fought each other three times in less than 100 years. This brought forth an economic integration and paved the way to a better political cooperation between the numerous countries of a very diverse continent. With 28 members nowadays, the EU stands as a major power claiming its rank in a multipolar world.
The history of the ASEAN has been different. Founded in Bangkok in 1967, in the context of the Cold War, it first aimed to ensure stability and economic development in a region which could have been engulfed by civil wars and the Vietnam War. Since the end of the 1980s and the fall of the USSR though, the ASEAN started to broaden its ambitions. The summit of Singapore in 1992 was the first step to its enlargement. Vietnam joined in 1995, followed by Laos and Burma (1997) and eventually Cambodia (1999). The economic cooperation between the countries has then intensified, contributing to this very miracle in terms of development. Now facing current international issues, among which the resolving of the Southern China Sea crisis and coping with Climate Change, the ASEAN is also looking for a way to affirm its place as a powerful regional union.
The Consul general of France in Ho Chi Minh City will discuss the parallels we can draw between the history and the ambitions of these two unique regional unions. Are diplomacy and economic cooperation powerful enough means to ensure regional peace? How to stand united in the globalization? What places are the EU and the ASEAN respectively to claim in a multipolar world?
After a 20 minutes presentation, students from Hoa Sen University will have 40 minutes to exchange in English with the Consul general.
Mr. Emmanuel Ly-Batallan, the Consul General of France in Ho Chi Minh City