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Asem 2 Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Blair and Japanese leader shake hands at end of summit Confident conclusion to summit
The Asia-Europe summit has ended in London with a declaration of a new partnership between the two continents going into the next century.

keyt trade facts EU to send business missions to Asia
At the close of the ASEM meeting of European and Asian leaders, British PM Tony Blair promised high-level business missions to Asia to encourage investment in the region.

Clinton urges Japan to 'be bold'
As Japan battles against a threatened economic crisis, President Clinton has called the nation "the key to stability and growth in Asia." But he said Japan must cut through bureaucracy.

Protesters target Asem over refugees' plight
A leading Burmese democracy campaigner joined the protest ranks outside the Asia-Europe Meeting in London. She sought a greater emphasis on human rights issues at the summit.

Asem 2: Guide to the issues
The first Asia Europe meeting was held in Bangkok two years ago and established a new forum for countries in the two regions to increase co-operation. The economic turbulance in the region has given this week's meeting added importance.



China's role in Asem
This week's Asia-Europe meeting in London symbolises the strengthening of political ties between Beijing and the European Union.



How Asem trust fund will work
The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair has announced the establishment of a new joint trust fund to help Asian countries improve the regulation of their banking sectors.



Clampdown on child sex tourism
New measures have been announced to stop paedophiles travelling abroad to exploit children, including a new international website.



Knocking at the door
One of the key issues up for discussion at this week's summit was requests for joining the club from India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand, but final decision on expansion has to wait until the year 2000.



China human rights concerns raised with EU
Pressure groups tried unsuccessfully to put human rights firmly on the agenda of the summit between the European Union and China.


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