The European Union is committed to more involvement in the Indo-Pacific, considering economic, capability and geopolitical constraints.


​​​​​​Late in 2021, The EU strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific was launched. James Crabtree looks at its implications. Key points:

  • Supports similar strategies from FranceGermany and the Netherlands.
  • As president of the European, Council France is focusing on Asia.
  • The EU has a €300 billion ‘Global Gateway’ infrastructure plan that competes with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The EU wants the ability to act successfully in an era of growing geopolitical tension between the US, China and others.
  • The EU strategy mentions the risks of economic coercion by China and its military build-up.
  • Coordination of European militaries is being considered.
  • CRIMARIO maritime information-sharing programme expanded into the South Pacific.



  • A French proposal to adopt a new ‘strategic compass’ strategy to guide EU defence cooperation may be a model for the Asia-Pacific. 
  • A permanent or persistent Indo- Pacific naval presence is possible.
  • The strategy document says it would be ‘interested’ in developing Quad ties concerning climate change but not security. 
  • European vessels could increasingly participate in maritime deployments led by others.

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Source Information: International Institute for Strategic Studies