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Club of Three/LSE Ideas Webinar
Europe and the Indo-Pacific: perspectives from the region – 22 June 2021

In June, the Club of Three and LSE IDEAS held a third joint webinar on security in the Indo-Pacific. After an initial discussion on European strategies and transatlantic aspirations for new approaches towards this region during the first two events, this webinar heard views direct from the Indo-Pacific on how the European tilt was perceived by big regional players such as Japan, India and Australia.

To what extent can Europe help uphold the rules-based international order in the region, and what can it realistically do in support of these countries in the context of an ever more assertive China? These questions were addresses by three distinguished speakers:

The panel discussion was led by our three speakers:

*Tomohiko Taniguchi, Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University; Former Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

*Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi

*Hervé Lemahieu, Director, Power and Diplomacy Program, Lowy Institute (Sydney)

Participants included:

Rupert Ainley (Director North East Asia and China, FCDO); Patrick Horgan (Director Global Government Relations, Rolls Royce); Reinhard Bütikofer (Chair, European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China); Katherine Huang (Executive Director, JPMorgan); Anne-Elisabeth Moutet (Columnist, The Telegraph); Phillipe Le Corre (Senior Fellow Asia, Harvard); Jonathan Fenby (Chairman, China Team and Senior Consulting Analyst, TS Lombard); Rahul Roy-Chaudhury (Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS)